Michael L. Feinstein, P.A.

Defects at university stadium lead to construction litigation

When a new structure needs to be built, many companies may vie for the job. The company that lands the project may work hard to complete it and then move on to the next project. However, some companies could face legal claims and construction litigation years later if parties believe that structures suffer from defects or other issues.

Florida readers may be interested in a lawsuit recently filed by a university in another state. According to reports, the lawsuit was filed against multiple companies, including a construction company, due to issues that the university's stadium has experienced. Apparently, large cracks have surfaced and chunks of concrete have become dislodged from the railings of the structure, which has caused safety concerns. The lawsuit claims that failed oversight, construction deficiencies and poor design all played roles in the stadium's problems.

Legal representation for the university stated that there were attempts at finding a resolution without filing a lawsuit, but those attempts were unsuccessful. The construction company named in the suit indicated that the issues with the stadium relate to the railings, which a contractor installed and not the construction company. The company also stated that it has worked with the university to address safety issues and to help find the parties responsible for the improper installation of the railings. It also believes that the company will be absolved of any liability.

It is not unusual for companies to face construction litigation, but it can still cause troubles for their businesses. As this case shows, construction companies may be considered at fault for issues that they did not directly have a hand in. Still, Florida company owners will certainly want to understand their legal options for defending against any accusations made against them and their businesses.

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