Property owners have a contractual right to a home or commercial establishment that is free from defects caused by faulty workmanship or materials. The Springfield Law Offices of Harold I. Resnic has seen poor construction cause a host of problems in homes and businesses throughout Massachusetts. The damage can:
If your home or office has been damaged by construction defects, we will work to hold the responsible contractors or manufacturers accountable.
You purchased or upgraded your property using a contract. The builder, developer, seller, contractors and subcontractors all have relationships based on contracts. So, when a defect is discovered and the responsible party doesn’t fix the defect, the usual legal remedy is through contract law. Unfortunately, many homeowners insurance policies don’t cover construction defects. Possible claims include breach of contract, negligence and products liability, if the damage was caused by a defectively manufactured material.
The types of possible damage are as numerous as the components in construction — from a leaky pipe or roof to a foundation crack. Sometimes a water-related defect can cause secondary damage such as toxic mold, which releases volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air and is extremely difficult to remove.
Often the damage is immediately obvious, but sometimes it takes years to appear. In Massachusetts, contract claims related to construction defects must be filed within six years. Some factors, including when you reasonably should have known about the defect, may extend that time period, but you should seek legal assistance at the first sign of a problem.
Many parties, contracts and layers of insurance policies are involved in construction, from the manufacturer of the materials used through to the subcontractor. Establishing fault in construction cases often requires specialized knowledge of industry practices and standards. Our team includes qualified experts commonly used in construction defect cases, including general contractors, structural engineers, soil engineers, geotechnical engineers, statisticians and architects. We employ state-of-the-art diagnostics and analyses to fortify your construction defect case.
Often, parties can avoid expense and delay by mediating disputes about provisions in construction contracts. Moreover, many construction contracts have clauses that require nonbinding or binding arbitration to resolve disputes. Our attorney has experience representing parties at arbitration and mediation proceedings. We often negotiate lasting solutions that save our clients time and money.
If you have been harmed by a construction defect or a contractor or subcontractor’s failure to perform, you may be entitled to compensation covering:
As a firm serving residential and business clients throughout Massachusetts for decades, we have both the background and experience to seek the compensation you deserve in cases involving construction defects.
For more than four decades, the Law Offices of Harold I. Resnic has fought for the rights of property owners in construction defect claims. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling 413-301-9124 or contacting us online. Our Springfield, MA law office is near Hampden Superior Court and the Mass Mutual Center. We meet with clients Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is an on-site parking garage, and we are easily reached by public transportation.
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"Attorney Harold Resnic is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and well-respected. He settled my Workers’ Compensation case for $350,000 when the employer disputed the fact that I even had an accident. He is now suing the people responsible for my injuries so that I can collect damages for my pain and Suffering." - LD
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