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California is Landslide Territory

On January 10, 2005, residents of La Conchita worst nightmares became true. Heavy rain triggered a massive landslide that swallowed 13 houses and damaged 23 other homes. By the time rescuers pulled out the last bodies, ten were confirmed dead.

3 mistakes you might make during the home-building process

A new home is exciting. A home that's not just new to you but is completely brand new can be even more exciting, but getting involved in the residential building process can be stressful. Here's a look at three mistakes that new home owners sometimes make during what can be a complicated process.

Landslide destroys Home!

Landslides, slope failures and soil movement are occurring due to the massive rains hitting California this winter.  Here is a video of a house in northern California being ripped in two from a mudslide.  Slides, subsidence, and other soil movement issues can be both traumatic and a difficult legal challenge. We have handled many cases related to all types of soil movement, from catastrophic slides to cracking foundations and slabs. 

Is El Nino coming back to southern California in 2017?

Some experts are weighing in on the social media rumors that El Nino is coming back in 2017. Posts recently circulated on Twitter and Facebook saying that weather reports are calling for El Nino activity in 2017 based on warming in certain parts of the world's oceans.

Construction workers face very real risks on a daily basis

Throughout the construction industry, there are some specific hazards that face the men and women who help to build and maintain the structures that people count on. These hazards can mean that the workers suffer from injuries in an accident. They also mean that some workers might die from their injuries. These workers might have claims for compensation available that can help them to make ends meet while they recover from their injuries or while family members learn to live without their loved one.

What types of construction defects might you face?

We often mention situations in which you might face construction defects and what you can do about those problems, but what types of construction defects are common? Construction defects typically occur because of a flaw in design, material or workmanship. That means that the design doesn't work appropriately, the materials are subpar or not meant for the job they are doing or the workers made an error or cut corners during construction. Here's a look at some specific places you might note construction defects in your home or building.

Can you stop scope creep from derailing construction projects?

Scope creep can be one of the most disastrous and expensive things to occur in any construction project, and it's especially frustrating when it comes from the other party. If you're the property owner, scope creep can mean ever-rising expenses and a timeline that stretches on for what seems like forever. If you're the contractor, scope creep can mean that the client expects you to deliver things that aren't possible in the budget and timeline provided.

Know how to seek compensation for substandard construction

Your home is your castle, but when the contractor working on your home doesn't do the job up to par, you might be left with a crumbling castle. We know that you would never hire a contractor who you thought was going to do a shoddy job; however, if that does happen, we are here to help you seek compensation for the substandard work.

3 things you can do when faced with contractor problems

When you hire a contractor to complete building or repairs on your site -- whether it's residential or commercial -- you have some expectation that the contractor will complete the job he or she signed up for. The contractor, conversely, has some expectation that you will pay for the work that is done. These expectations should be spelled out in a contract, which is a legal protection for both you and the person doing the work.

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