Construction Defects

Effective representation in construction defect disputes

Construction Defect Attorneys

At Lerner & Weiss, we have a long history of helping contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, home and property owners with construction defect issues. Some defects are minor and can be resolved fairly quickly. Other defects are more serious. It is possible for a construction defect to go undetected for years.

We represent clients on either side of construction defect claims and are here to help you resolve your construction dispute quickly and effectively. For builders, allegations of construction defects slow down work and cost money. For property owners, failing to assert your rights can lead to substantial investment losses.

Common Construction Defects

The term construction defect applies to any failure of any part of the building to meet building standards. Some common types of defects include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Cracks in the slab or building foundation.
  • Uneven floor due to defects in the foundation.
  • Leaky roofs, skylights and/or windows.
  • Rain gutters installed improperly.
  • Faulty plumbing.
  • Slanting walls.
  • Electrical systems improperly installed.
  • Faulty engineering.
  • Building code violations.
  • Cracks in exterior areas such as in driveways and sidewalks.
  • Failure to comply with the designer plans.

Some construction defects that may not be identified until years after the building project has been completed may involve the following parts of the building.

  • Abnormal deterioration of building surfaces.
  • Ceramic floors and countertops begin to crack and come loose.
  • Exterior stucco or other siding develop issues.
  • Roof begins to leak.
  • Hardscape, including drainage systems are not working as designed.

This not a complete list. If you have any questions about your building, contact us at Lerner & Weiss for an evaluation of the circumstances of what you believe is a construction defect.

Construction Defect Dispute Resolution

Any allegations of construction defect can be disruptive to both plaintiffs and defendants. At Lerner & Weiss, we work to minimize loss to defendants as well as minimizing costs to plaintiffs. We thoroughly investigate all claim to determine fault and decide how to proceed.

We use our negotiation skills in order to effectuate a prompt and fair resolution. If mediation and negotiation fail, our construction litigation lawyers are always ready to stand beside you in the courtroom to assert or defend your rights.

Contact Our Construction Defect Attorneys

Our attorneys at Lerner & Weiss are experienced with all aspects of construction law. If your building is not what you expected, we can help you identify the construction defect issue.

If you are an architect, project designer, contractor, subcontract, materials supplier and have had allegations made against you for construction defects, we have more than 60 years combined experience defending clients against such allegations.

Different statutes of limitations apply depending on the type of defect that is involved. Contact us at Lerner & Weiss as soon as you think there may be a problem or as soon as any allegations have been made against you. We are here to help.