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When a construction defect claim puts your livelihood at risk

It's an understatement to say that construction is a high-risk industry. Once a project gets underway, or even years down the line, you could find yourself dealing with anything from liens and delays to breach of contract and defect claims.

Even if your net worth is in the tens of millions, losing a single construction lawsuit could have a devastating financial impact if your professional reputation becomes mired. In fact, construction professionals and property owners alike sometimes have to "bet the farm," as it were, to prevail in litigation. With the stakes this high, experienced and dedicated legal counsel is of the utmost importance.

Even in seemingly straightforward cases, liability and insurance issues regarding construction defects can quickly become complicated. You need a legal team with extensive experience and resources to protect your interests every step of the way.

Construction defects are linked to a wide variety of issues, including but not limited to:

  • Site selection
  • Faulty soil analysis
  • Poor workmanship
  • Defective building materials
  • Civil engineering

And common types of defects include:

  • Water issues such as mold and faulty drainage systems
  • Dry rot
  • Faulty electrical systems
  • Cracks in walls, floors or foundation
  • Structural failure

Contractors, developers, builders, distributors, architects, designers -- all of these parties could be exposed to litigation for their roles in a construction project. And construction professionals could also be liable for covering the cost of any repairs the property owner made to fix a defect.

For more on resolving these matters in the most cost-efficient way possible, please see our business litigation overview. The JHS firm advises and represents property owners and construction industry professionals in Waco and throughout Texas.

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