With El Nino making it more likely that California residents and businesses might experience water damage in homes and buildings, it's a good time to get your paperwork in order and understand how you might seek compensation if such damage occurs. One thing worth checking on is whether you have — or qualify for — flood insurance. Flood insurance can help cover any damages from storm water issues.
While an official list doesn't really exist, construction defects can be categorized into four major types. Each type can come with different considerations with regard to liability and lawsuit requirements, which is why it's important to understand what type of defect you are dealing with.
As El Nino batters the landscape with increasingly fierce storms, understanding construction defects that might lead to leaks and water damage can help home and property owners protect assets. If you do experience a leak caused by construction defects, you might have a case for compensation against the construction company or contractor that handled your building or repair.
In recent weeks, we discussed several ways that El Nino could compromise structures or result in construction damage or claims. For certain areas of the city, landslides can become a danger when continuous rain and running water leave the ground beyond saturation. Landslides near your home or other structures can be a serious concern, and poor construction or faulty land management can contribute to those dangers.
Last week, we talked about how El Nino is poised to deliver a lot of precipitation to our area, and how rain and storms can drive flood damage in buildings and homes. If you live in a flood-prone area, flood insurance might be a critical tool in protecting your assets, but there are other things you can do to proactively protect your home from water damage.
With many people talking about El Nino impacting weather patterns in Southern California, many home and business owners might be concerned with the increased risks of water damage to homes. During flash flooding and other water events, water issues can be unavoidable. Other times, construction flaws or failure to follow laws or best practices during renovations or building can compound the risks and issues associated with weather-related water damage.
A group of lawsuits filed in California claim that the deaths and injuries associated with the collapse of a balcony over the summer are due to negligence on the part of third parties. Specifically, the suits are naming the company managing the property, the owner of the property and a construction company that was involved in building the balcony.
A contractor and a number of property owners were recently the victims of fraud after a man used the contractor's name and license number to allegedly steal money from homeowners. According to reports, the man allegedly used the legitimate contractor's name when selling services to homeowners -- services that he failed to perform.
Construction disputes usually arise during the building process or after the work is completed. Suddenly, contractors and property owners realize they have not been on the same page during the entire project after all, and this can cause some serious legal and financial issues for both parties.
If you've hired a contractor and run into a disagreement along the way to a finished product in your home or business, you have a number of legal ways to deal with the issue. The first, and sometimes fastest, way to resolve a construction or contracting dispute is to simply hash it out with the contractor. Sometimes, a dispute is just a misunderstanding, and talking about it now can keep it from blowing up in the future. If the contractor is balking at a discussion, getting a third-party professional, such as an attorney, involved in a mediation process might help, too.