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Are contractors and builders liable for home damages?

People invest more in their homes than they typically do in most other areas of their lives. Therefore, when something goes awry, they are especially determined to make sure that someone is held accountable.

That person can often be the contractor or builder, and many can face litigation in the Florida civil court systems as a result of disgruntled homeowners who are seeking redress for their losses and damages.

Sometimes builders and contractors are able to apply quick fixes to the problems. This is a win-win situation, as it can easily be repaired or adjusted on their end, and the homeowners are satisfied with the results.

Other times these construction professionals are not actually at fault in the matter. Therefore, no corrective actions are available for them to rectify the situation. Nonetheless, they can still rack up tens of thousands of dollars in legal bills presenting their defenses to civil charges.

Construction projects, by their very nature, involve many different parties, which makes construction defects are possible at various junctures. Just because these problems occurred does not mean that the contractor or builder is responsible for fixing them.

For instance, some of the materials that were used could be defective, as was the case with some Chinese drywall in recent years. There could be flaws related to faulty architectural designs. Regardless of the cause, if you are a construction professional who has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit, you will need experienced and qualified legal representation to clear your name and that of your company in any legal proceedings.

Source: Findlaw, "What is Housing and Construction Defects Law?," accessed Sep. 15, 2017

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