Central Florida’s Trusted Attorneys for Construction Defects
According to the United States Census Bureau, Florida had the largest population growth of any state in 2021. We currently house 6.34% of the entire population and are the third most populous state in the United States. With over 220,000 new residents branding our beautiful sunshine state home last year, new construction is a booming business. Florida state tax foundation estimates that 2022 migration will put Florida over 22 million. With this influx of population comes an abundance of new homes, apartment buildings, condominiums, and commercial properties. Construction law continues to be a busy and evolving practice area.
Williams & Williams has dedicated over 30 years to litigating complex construction cases throughout Florida. Florida Law has an ever-changing and evolving landscape as current laws are amended or new laws go into effect. Our team is dedicated to informing you of any important laws that affect your case and outlining a plan that best fits your situation.
What is a Construction Defect?
Florida Statue 558 defines a ‘construction defect’ as; a deficiency in, or a deficiency arising out of, the design, specifications, surveying, planning, supervision, observation of construction, or construction, repair, alteration, or remodeling of real property resulting from:
- Defective material, products, or components used in the construction or remodeling;
- A violation of the applicable codes in effect at the time of construction or remodeling which gives rise to a cause of action pursuant to s. 553.84;
- A failure of the design of real property to meet the applicable professional standards of care a the time of governmental approval; or
- A failure to construct or remodel real property in accordance with accepted trade standards for good and workmanlike construction at the time of construction.
Construction defect cases require complete attention to detail as they have specific requirements and deadlines that, if not met, can relinquish your rights to hold a builder accountable. Our legal team will walk you through this intricate process and put decades of experience to work for you. Do not risk losing your rights to be awarded damages against a builder; call us today to discuss your case.
Trusted by Clients
We will assess your case and provide insights on navigating the legal system to find a solution that works in your best interest. Where possible, we will work to avoid a lengthy and expensive trial. Our familiarity with local, state, and federal courts provides you with a valuable risk assessment of your dispute. We will recommend either mediation, negotiating a settlement, or civil litigation based on the facts of your case and the best possible outcome. As experienced litigators, we will aggressively advocate for your rights and interests.
We have successfully represented contractors, subcontractors, surety companies, and others in many complex construction matters throughout central Florida. Here are some commonly filed disputes on behalf of our clients:
- Leakage and water damage
- Structural integrity
- Design deficiencies
- Soil problems that cause foundation defects
- Mechanical or electrical defects
- Defects that result in personal injury lawsuits
Statute of Limitations
Florida statute 95 of limitations states that you have four years to take action for a construction defect. The timeline runs from when the defect is discovered or should have been discovered with the exercise of due diligence. However, current Florida law barres legal action to the owner within ten years of actual possession. If you file a claim without first satisfying the requirements outlined in Florida Statue, the court shall stay the action without prejudice, and the action may not proceed until the claimant has complied with such requirements. Our legal team can guide you through these complex and time-sensitive processes.
Experience Matters, Contact Us Today
Williams & Williams has over 30 years of experience in construction law matters. Call today and let our attorneys get started on your case. Call 407-648-4333 or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation today. We are committed to protecting your rights and fighting for your best interest.