South Florida Hurricane Construction Defects Lawyer
Experienced Lawyers Hold Contractors for Injuries and Damages Caused by Construction Defects Exposed in a Hurricane in Broward County and Palm Beach County, FL
When a hurricane rips through South Florida, homeowners and property owners will come out in the aftermath of the storm to assess the damage. Frequently, property owners on the same block may end up suffering wildly different types of damage. Sometimes the differences in damage that adjacent or nearby properties suffer in a hurricane can be attributed to the differing ages of the property and the building codes that were in effect when each property was built, the differing wind patterns and forces resulting from different, sizes, shapes, heights, and positions of buildings, and ground height/pitch/slope and proximity to stormwater management structures.
However, properties can sometimes suffer more severe damage than other surrounding properties as a result of defects in the construction of that property. These defects can result due to the negligence of the professionals involved in construction on the property, including architects, engineers, and contractors. If your property has suffered damage in a hurricane due to construction or other building work that was substandard or that did not comply with applicable building codes, you may have a legal claim against those parties responsible for the construction defects that resulted in more severe property damage in a hurricane. Reach out to the South Florida hurricane construction defects attorneys at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. to learn more about your legal options and how we might be able to help you pursue compensation for your damages and losses.
Examples of Construction Defects That Can Lead to Damage in a Hurricane
Construction defects can occur during the design, planning, building, furnishing, or inspection of a property. When the parties that are involved in constructing or remodeling a property fail to perform the work in a way that meets the needs of the property owner, then a construction defect has occurred. Construction defects typically fall into one of four general categories:
- Design problems – Design problems include the plan of a building failing to provide appropriate support or protection in certain areas of the building, or can include the building failing to comply with relevant building codes; in particular, Broward and Palm Beach Counties have numerous building codes that are intended to help buildings resist wind and water damage from hurricanes
- Materials problems – Materials problems include the contractors using substandard materials that deteriorate too quickly or that cannot stand up to normal wear and tear or to expected stresses (such as being able to stand up to the hurricanes that are expected to pass through South Florida)
- Poor workmanship – Similarly, when contractors fail to perform adequate work, defects and other problems can quickly manifest, which can lead to more serious problems or structural failures if not repaired or if put under stress, such as a hurricane
- Subsurface issues – If a property is built on an unstable foundation, it can lead to problems like cracks in the foundation, wall separation, or roof issues; in South Florida, builders can often fail to account for uneven settling, which can lead to many of these issues and open a building to structural damage or failure during a hurricane
Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. Fights to Make Negligent South Florida Contractors Pay for Construction Defects That Lead to Hurricane Damage
When the architects, engineers, and contractors and subcontractors responsible for building or performing work on your property get careless or cut corners, that substandard work can leave you exposed when a hurricane comes through South Florida. At Gonzalez & Cartwright, our attorneys will work to hold negligent builders and contractors accountable when they leave your property with defects that result in more serious damage following a hurricane. When you hire us to pursue your hurricane construction defects claim, you can expect that our legal team will:
- Thoroughly investigate your claim, including inspecting your property and securing documents from the construction of or work on your property to have evidence for your claim
- Work with engineering experts to help us build a strong, persuasive legal argument to show how the builders of your property committed defects during construction and how those defects led to unnecessary damage in a hurricane
- File claims on your behalf and aggressively negotiate with insurance companies to try to reach a settlement that provides you with fair and full compensation
- Prepare your case to go to court, if a settlement is not possible, and advocate your case to the judge and jury to get you a result in your favor
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Hurricane Constructions Defects Attorney at Gonzalez & Cartwright Today
If your property has suffered damage following a hurricane due to defects in its construction, let the experienced attorneys of Gonzalez & Cartwright get to work holding the negligent contractors accountable to provide you with compensation for the damage you’ve suffered due to the defective construction. Contact our firm today for a free case evaluation to learn more about your rights and options and about how having one of our knowledgeable attorneys on our side can make the difference in ensuring you are fully compensated for your losses.
Frequently Asked Questions about Hurricane Construction Defects in South Florida
If you can show that a contractor or another professional who worked on your property negligently performed their job that led to defects in the property that resulted in damage from a hurricane that would not have occurred had the construction or work on your property been properly performed, you may be able to show legal liability. For example, you can show that the contractors who worked on your property failed to ensure that their work complied with safety standards and local buildings codes
There are multiple professionals who may play a role in overseeing construction or renovation of a property, and who may be held liable for hurricane construction defects if they were negligent in their work including: contractors, subcontractors, developers, project managers, architects, surveyors, or engineers.