Construction Defects

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Construction Defects

Very few buildings are completed to absolute perfection, but not every variance in quality will be considered a defect by a court. The defects that are most often pursued are those that reduce the value of a building or that interfere with its use. AAn attorney with experience in construction law at Fitch Law Partners LLP in Boston, MA, can advise you about how to handle your construction defect claim.

Construction defects

Some common examples of construction defects include:

  • Dry rot
  • Water seepage/mold
  • Faulty drainage
  • Insect infestation
  • Improper materials
  • Settlement or movement
  • Structural failure
  • Defective plumbing
  • Faulty wiring

Defective construction can result in a serious loss to the home or building owner. An experienced construction law attorney from Fitch Law Partners LLP can pursue your claim and help recoup the losses caused by defective construction.

Environmental hazards

Some construction defects do more than affect the value of a building. Some defects can cause serious health problems for people who use or live in a building. Environmental hazards can be caused by either faulty materials or negligent construction. Faulty materials, especially those not intended for use in residential construction, may emit hazardous substances.

Faulty construction, usually in the form of improper ventilation or water seepage, can also cause environmental hazards. A common type of environmental hazard is toxic mold. Hazardous species and concentrations of mold can grow in areas that are not properly ventilated and that are exposed to moisture, either through seepage or leakage. The mold will discolor and damage porous surfaces. More importantly, mold is also a potent allergen, causing allergic reactions and health problems in many people. Young children are especially vulnerable to health problems caused by mold spores, including asthma, which has been linked to mold proliferation.

Contact a construction law attorney

Construction defects deprive property owners of the full use of their property. Defective construction is also unfair to the customer who paid for quality construction that was not received. If you believe you have a construction defect claim, contact Fitch Law Partners LLP in Boston, MA, to schedule a consultation with an experienced construction law attorney.

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