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What Is a Workmanship Dispute?

Construction work is expected to have a certain quality of workmanship. When the quality does not align with this standard, it can cost a lot of money and time to repair it. A workmanship dispute occurs when the property owner challenges the quality of the skill or quality control of a project either after the work is completed or when something happens to reveal poor workmanship after the fact. It can also happen when a construction company challenges the work of a subcontractor they hire for a job site. In this brief article, a construction law lawyer in Franklin, TN, highlights some key points about workmanship disputes in construction and what you can do about them.

Related: Poor Workmanship Leads to Construction Defects

Types of Poor Workmanship

There are many different types of poor workmanship that can cause a dispute. Some examples include:

  • Incorrectly installed materials
  • Inaccurately mixed ratios for concrete, glue, and other products
  • Bad plumbing
  • Poor quality control policies

Related: 5 Tips for Avoiding Construction Defect Litigation

Signs of Poor Workmanship

Some signs of poor workmanship that clients and courts look for include:

  • Corrosion: Corrosion shortly after the completion of a construction project is a sign of poor workmanship.
  • Mold: Mold signifies a leak somewhere, whether in the roof, bathroom fixtures, or internal plumbing.
  • Leaks: Leaks in new construction are often a sign of poor workmanship and bad quality control measures.
  • Plumbing repairs: Plumbing work should generally last a certain amount of time before requiring repairs. If it doesn’t, it may indicate poor workmanship. 
  • Onsite injuries: Onsite injuries related to tripping hazards and uneven floors are examples of personal injury cases caused by poor workmanship.

These are just some of the signs and consequences of poor workmanship that leads to successful disputes. It is possible that there may be other signs of poor workmanship that could be held against your company. If you have any questions about poor workmanship claims, it is a smart idea to proactively contact a construction law attorney to review your case and to provide feedback on what to do next.

In any number of these cases, your construction company could be held responsible for repairing the defect and any related damages. If you have questions about workmanship disputes or need someone to represent your construction firm, contact a construction law attorney in Franklin, TN, from Cotney Construction Law today.

If you would like to speak with an attorney from a construction law firm in Franklin, TN, please contact us today.

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.