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Kent is exploding in population and economic growth and has recently been named among America’s fastest growing cities. Thanks to this, Kent’s commercial and residential construction business is also booming. While that is great news for Kent and its residents, our Kent construction defect attorneys know that when the construction business is thriving, we are going to be busy with construction defect cases. Construction defect cases can be complicated because there are usually a number of potential liable parties and insurance companies involved. These cases often require an in depth investigation and analysis in order to discover the true cause or causes of the defect.

Common construction defects

When a building is being constructed from the ground up, or even when an old building is renovated or remodeled, there are a number of common areas where construction defects pop up such as those listed below.

  • Building design
  • Windows
  • Insulation
  • Mold
  • Structure including the foundation, walls, and roof
  • Excavation/soil preparation
  • HVAC
  • Electrical
  • Water problems including leaks, grading, drainage
  • Cost overruns
  • Poor craftsmanship

Liable parties

There are a number of potentially liable parties in construction defect cases because new construction requires that a number of different trades and professions be involved at different stages of construction. See below for some of the potentially liable parties.

  • Designer/architect
  • General Contractor
  • Builder
  • Construction management firm
  • Subcontractors including plumbers and electricians
  • Developer

Multiple defendants

What frequently happens in construction defect cases is that the plaintiff makes a claim against one party that he or she believes is responsible for the construction defect and then that defendant turns around and blames another party and that party blames someone else. These cases can quickly involve a number of defendants and then multiply that number of defendants by two because their insurance companies get involved too. When you are involved in a case with multiple insurance companies, it is important that you have an attorney who can understand and evaluate insurance coverage positions and is able to negotiate with multiple insurance companies at a time.

Although an attorney who specializes in construction law has knowledge and experience with construction defects and applicable laws, these cases sometimes require construction experts to aid in the investigation of the construction defect and to testify at trial if the case is not settled with insurance companies. An experienced construction defect attorney will have existing relationships with construction experts to help your case move along efficiently and successfully.

If you have sustained damages due to a construction defect, you do not need to take on your builder, contractor, or other liable parties alone. Contact a Kent construction defect attorney with Russell & Hill, PLLC to schedule a consultation. We understand the complexities of construction law cases and we have the experience and knowledge necessary to negotiate with insurance companies and try your case in front of a jury when necessary. You deserve to be fully and fairly compensated for any injuries and damages you have suffered due to a construction defect.

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