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Construction deficiencies can have costly consequences

Imagine you have designed and built the business of your dreams. You put in countless hours developing your plans, hiring workers to make those plans a reality and creating a business plan to hopefully ensure your business venture is a success. Now imagine that shortly after opening, things literally start falling apart.

That is evidently the case for casino and resort owners in another state. According to reports, five years after construction was completed on the property, major deficiencies in the construction were uncovered that put the safety of the building and those inside in serious danger.

The resort owners filed a lawsuit against the construction company and contractors who built the hotel, casino, restaurants and warehouse that were all part of the project. They cited a slew of construction problems and failures in their claim, including:

  • Leaking windows
  • Improperly installed fire sprinklers
  • Roof leaks
  • Wall leaks
  • Multiple building code violations

These types of construction defects can have catastrophic consequences, from structural collapse to toxic mold growth. Even if they don't compromise a building right away, over time, they can prove to be a very real concern that can require significant -- and pricey -- repairs, not to mention the cost of having to shut down a business to make those repairs.

In this case, the resort and casino owners were awarded $20 million in damages.

If you are in a similar position with your Florida business and have concerns regarding construction, you need to understand that there are laws protecting people from construction defects and substandard work. Discussing your specific troubles with a construction law attorney can help you protect yourself, your bottom line and your business.

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