Many things fall under construction defect definition

When it comes to homeowners initiating construction litigation there are multiple reasons why such a case could arise. One of them is due to construction defects. But just what meets this definition? The reality is a variety of situations fall under this umbrella. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Unsafe structures
  • Substandard workmanship
  • Code violations
  • Faulty design
  • Defective products such as windows that leak leading to toxic-mold contamination
  • Peeling paint
  • Popped nails

These situations run the gamut from minor to serious but all potentially impact life for those who live in the home. When a homeowner pays another individual or company to make repairs or improvements to their home, there is an expectation that the work will be completed in a manner that that is up to par. When it is not, legal action may be taken. Depending on the specific situation it is possible that builders, developers, architects and general contractors could be held responsible for these defects and named as defendants in a lawsuit.

Homeowners who pursue this course of action could recover damages for a variety of things. In addition to the cost of repairing the defects, they may also recover the decline the value of the home. Depending on the circumstances additional damages could be available such as the cost of temporarily housing, the loss of the property while repairs are being made, court costs and attorney's fees.

Homeowners who find themselves in this situation are likely frustrated that the steps they took to improve their home actually made it worse. This frustration can make it hard to know what steps to take. Consulting with a lawyer who handles such matters is a good place to start.