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What are Some Typical Construction Defects that may be Actionable?

Oct 03, 2013   |   Share This Article: Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Google Plus

One area of construction law centers on cases that involve construction defects. Construction defects can arise in residential as well as commercial buildings. Some of the more common cases that you may be familiar with include mold found in walls, or leaks in a roof after taking up residence. Other construction defects that have been in the news include those involving defective wallboard emitting toxic fumes.

Construction defects can arise in many other ways such as the following:

  • Defective duct work causing gaseous emissions or mold
  • Structural integrity of concrete leading to collapse or cracking
  • Unstable foundations
  • Carpentry
  • Water intrusion
  • Subsiding soil
  • Mechanical problems
  • Electrical problems
  • Toxic mold
  • Thermal issues
  • Moisture protection problems
  • Doors, windows and glass problems
  • Defective finishes

Construction defect cases are generally placed into one of four categories:

  • Design deficiency
  • Subsurface deficiency
  • Material deficiency
  • Construction deficiency

Skilled construction law attorneys in Arizona know how to examine the facts of each unique case and make a determination of the proper parties to sue such as the following:

  • Suppliers
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Developers

A number of legal theories may be employed in a construction defect case. Negligence and breach of warranty or contract are common claims. Strict liability and sometimes fraud may also be detailed in the complaint.

An experienced attorney at Heurlin Sherlock is available to listen to your story and can help determine if a construction defect suit is an option for you to pursue.

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