Claims of construction defects are serious legal issues for professionals that are involved in the planning, assessment, and building of new real property projects. In California, design professionals, contractors, and other industry specialists can face costly allegations of malpractice, mistake, and breaches of contract and duty when problems arise in projects they supported. While no legal outcomes can be predicted or guaranteed, claims of construction defects can often be met with strong defenses and attorneys can help their clients protect their legal and professional rights.
What is a construction defect?
A construction defect reduces the value of a property. It is a problem that requires remedy and that may render a property unusable until it is fixed. Construction defects can range from minor to significant, and can either be apparent or hidden. Not all construction defects become known when they occur and some defects take years to manifest in construction projects.
What constitutes a construction defect?
Construction defects can impact any area of a construction project. Some common ways that construction defects can manifest in projects can include but are not limited to:
- Choosing the wrong site for a project;
- Using defective materials in a project;
- Failing to conform to professional or building standards; and
- Failing to assess and prepare a site for a building project.
Construction defects can result in compromised structures, water problems, electrical hazards, and a host of other dangerous and damaging issues. Defending one’s self against claims of professional negligence that allegedly resulted in construction defects can be stressful and confusing. However, design professionals and those in the construction industry do not have to face their legal hurdles alone. Representation from knowledgeable attorneys is available for industry professionals throughout the Bay Area.