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When construction defects lead to structural failures

In Florida, buildings and other structures sometimes collapse. These collapses may happen because of several different reasons, including manmade and natural reasons. Some of these structural failures are caused by construction defects when the buildings or structures are built. When a building or other structure collapses because of construction or design defects, the people who built the structure or who designed it may be liable.

Common defenses to watch out for in construction defect claims

Construction defect claims are rarely surefire. When you're seeking to hold a developer, builder or contractor accountable, you may face roadblocks along the way. Ultimately, the other side is looking to protect their own interests - and their own bottom line. Thus it's important to be aware of possible defenses and arguments they might raise in these cases.

Recognizing construction defects

A construction defect can occur at any point in the process of designing, building or inspecting a structure. Defects may occur in a commercial building or a new home that is constructed in Florida. Problems could arise if water intrusion occurs as that can lead to toxic mold, and other problems include expansive soils or unstable foundations.

What are the 4 categories of construction defects?

It's not uncommon for new home purchasers to complain of mold, leaks in the roof, cracks in the walls, malfunctioning windows and more. A lot of new construction homes have these kinds of problems. When the new home purchasers and the builders cannot come to a workable agreement, these situations may lead to litigation.

How to avoid construction defects when buying a new condo

If you are buying a new condo, you may be captivated by the new modern amenities and design; but don't forget to be realistic when it comes to inspecting the residence for construction defects before signing on the dotted line. It is easy to be so focused on the fancy features that poor construction is only noticed after you move in.

Lessons on construction defects from the Miami bridge collapse

In this day and age, catastrophic structural collapses are rare in the developed world. Yet they do still happen, as last month's fatal bridge collapse in Miami so vividly illustrated. And structural defects in all kinds of construction occur on a much broader scale, costing property owners significant sums of money to remedy.

Florida court ruling sheds light on insurance involvement in Chapter 558 construction defect process

For property owners facing the headache of construction defects, Florida law establishes an early opportunity to resolve the dispute. Instead of going straight to court, owners must first provide the contractor (or other responsible parties) with written notice of the defects and damages, and give them an opportunity to perform repairs.

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