When Louisiana residents pay a significant sum of money to have their construction projects completed, they expect the work done to be of superior quality and free of defects. Sadly, not everyone’s expectations are met. If there are problems with a project, there are a number of ways to resolve the situation, one of them being construction litigation.
While there are never any guarantees that a lawsuit will go one’s way, there are numerous examples of construction litigation cases out there. The most recent example would be the claim of a university in a nearby state against the architect and several contractors hired to build its football stadium. Spectrum Stadium was completed in 2007. In 2008, additional steel beams were added to the structure. In just a decade, rusting and premature aging of the building has resulted in the university having to spend money on maintenance not usually required so soon for this type of structure.
In 2018, the University of Central Florida filed a claim against Wharton-Smith Construction Group, Inc., Dant Clayton and HOK for the defects. This case was just recently settled to the tune of $1.4 million — most of which will be paid from various insurance providers. None of the parties involved acknowledged liability.
Not all construction litigation cases end up going to court, as seen in the UCF case. Settling defect claims is usually better for all involved; however, it is always wise to be prepared to go to trial should it become necessary. Louisiana residents who a dealing with construction defect issues can turn to an experienced attorney for guidance and, if appropriate, assistance seeking compensation for their losses.