Defending against a lawsuit over construction defects

| Aug 10, 2020

Construction is complex and expensive, and it’s an investment of both time and money to complete these types of projects. If you are an owner of a construction company, you understand the work, time and effort that go into completing a project according to the specifications of the client. A quality finished protect that meets standards and expectations is the goal in any type of construction. 

Unfortunately, problems can arise that can leave clients unhappy and assuming your company is to blame. These problems can be costly for you, and the accusations can cost your company extra time and money. Allegations of construction defects are serious, and you will want to defend and protect your company against a potential lawsuit. An unhappy client may pursue legal action against your company, but you have the right to fight back.

Common construction defects

Construction defects can range from minor problems to serious issues that affect the integrity of the structure. A client may find issues with your work and accuse your company of taking shortcuts, using faulty material and making mistakes. The main types of construction defects include: 

  • Material defects – These are defects that result from poor quality materials used in the construction process. It can include things like bad wiring, defective wood, broken finishes and more.
  • Design defects – These defects happen during the design stage. The design stage should be thorough and organized so there are no errors that could ultimately affect the integrity of the building.
  • Workmanship defects – These defects are the result of poor workmanship during the actual construction process. This can lead to problems with the finished look of the building or even the structural safety of the building.

Addressing problems or accusations of construction defects can be complex, but quick action is necessary as they represent the potential for a costly lawsuit against your company. A careful look at the processes used, materials purchased and finished product can help you determine what happened and how you can protect the financial interests of your construction company.

Is a lawsuit the answer?

It’s possible the accusations of construction defects against your company are unfounded or unrelated to your company’s role in the project. Navigating civil cases and effectively confronting these types of allegations is not something you or company’s leadership must do alone. It is in the financial and legal interests of your business to work with a Texas attorney experienced in construction litigation.