Jacksonville Construction Defects Attorney
Construction defects can cost thousands of dollars to fix, and costs can be much greater if defective construction causes an injury. Contractors may be negligent, incompetent or simply greedy, or they may be honest and highly-qualified yet victim of an unscrupulous homeowner who doesn’t want to pay for work performed or is looking to pin the blame for property damage on someone other than him or herself. Jacksonville construction law attorney Daniel M. Copeland represents contracts, subcontractors, property owners and developers in construction defect litigation throughout northeast Florida. Learn more about construction defects below, and contact Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A. for help with your claim from an experienced Florida contractor, developer and construction lawyer.
Understanding Florida construction defect law
Back in 2003, the Florida legislature created Chapter 558 Florida Statutes covering construction defects. The stated purpose of the law was to cut down on construction defect litigation while still protecting the rights of property owners. A major requirement under this law is that before any construction defect lawsuit can be filed, the property owner must first provide a notice of the defect to the contractor. This notice is intended to give the contractor the opportunity to fix the problem, or for the insurance company to negotiate a settlement with the homeowner without involving litigation. A lawyer who is inexperienced in construction law or real property litigation may file a lawsuit without providing the required pre-suit notice, which actually increases the costs of litigation and draws out the time for any resolution of the problem.
Common Jacksonville construction defect claims
Contractors, subs or design professionals responsible for defective construction may be liable to the property owner for the diminished value of the property, the cost to repair the defect, compensation for loss of use, and any injuries suffered from a construction defect. Under Florida law, defective construction may be due to:
- Design errors
- Faulty workmanship
- Substandard materials
- Code violations
Construction defects may be patent or latent. Patent defects are obvious or discoverable in a reasonable inspection, while latent defects may remain hidden for years until significant damage has occurred. Whether a defect is patent or latent and when it was discovered or discoverable can be important factors in determining the source of defect and whether any claim is properly brought within the applicable statute of limitations. Below are just a handful of examples of problems that commonly lead to construction defect claims in Jacksonville:
- Structural defects
- Faulty wiring
- Leaky roofs
- Leakage at windows, sliding glass doors and shower enclosures
- Mold and moisture through floors or walls
- Cracking of concrete foundations, stucco or drywall
- Settlement, subsidence and drainage
- Ponding of water on decks and balconies
Jacksonville construction defect claims make up the bulk of our practice at Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A. Having built over 1,400 homes as a contractor and developer and having practiced construction law in Florida for more than 15 years, attorney Daniel M. Copeland is uniquely qualified to represent contractors and property owners in construction defect claims, settlements and litigation. Trust your Jacksonville construction defect dispute to a skilled, knowledgeable and experienced lawyer who is intimately familiar with the laws, facts and issues you are facing.
Jacksonville Construction Defect Attorney Daniel M. Copeland is Here for You
For help with a construction defect claim in northeast Florida, contact Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A. in Jacksonville at 904-482-0616 for a free case evaluation.