The United States has experienced a building boom; commercial buildings, residential developments, hospitals, education facilities, and more have sprouted up everywhere to serve the needs of a booming population. With this increase in construction, there has also been a rise in problems related to construction, which has ultimately lead to an increase in construction defect litigation.
If you are facing a construction defect claim, seek legal counsel from a Little Rock construction defect attorney immediately.
Contact a Little Rock Construction Defect Lawyer to Discuss Your Case
At Cotney Construction Law, we understand the intricacies of construction defect law and the high cost of litigation. Since many defects are not discovered until years after a project is completed, this further complicates a claim. Anyone can be held liable for project damages, but contractors and subcontractors are targeted more frequently; therefore, an expert litigator is pivotal to your case. Hire a Little Rock construction defect lawyer who specializes in construction defect claims to preserve your reputation and secure your bottom line.
Common Construction Defects
Construction defects are flaws in a building structure or its components that are the result of mistakes made in either design or workmanship. Construction defects are categorized as patent or latent. Patent defects are obvious flaws and latent defects are hidden.
Some of the most common construction defects include:
- Foundation defects
- Roofing design
- HVAC design
- Masonry defects
- Architectural error
- Heating and cooling imbalance
- Roof and window leaks
- Improperly installed electrical and plumbing systems
- Inadequate insulation
- Chinese drywall
Statute of Limitations and Statute of Repose
Every state has enacted provisions that govern construction defect litigation, including the period for filing a defect lawsuit. A statute of limitations gives a person a specified amount of time to initiate a claim. A statute of repose cuts off the right of that action after a specified time period has lapsed regardless of when an action occurred.
In Arkansas (A.C.A. § 16-56-112), there is a five-year statute of limitations for any cause of action based on a written contract, duty, or right. There is a four-year statute of limitations on filing an action involving personal injury or wrongful death. Construction defect law is complicated and requires specialized knowledge in areas such as contract review, product liability, insurance issues, and more, so consult a Little Rock construction defect lawyer for guidance.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.