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South Carolina Construction Defect Lawyers

Construction Defect Lawyers Representing Charleston Metropolitan Area and South Carolina

construction defectYour home is supposed to be a personal haven and one of your biggest investments. You likely spent a long time and a lot of money to find the perfect house to serve you and your family for years to come. That is why a construction defect in your house, townhome, or condo can devastate you.

Construction defects can cause property damage that lowers the value of your investment and, in some cases, results in safety and health hazards to the people living in and around the building. Act quickly to guard your investment and fix your home by contacting attorneys experienced in construction defect litigation.

Our team of construction defect lawyers at Steinberg Law Firm is passionate about defending the rights of homeowners, and we know what it takes to bring an effective case to recover damages for building defects. Do not hesitate to contact our construction litigation attorneys today.



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Recognizing Construction Defects

Construction defects can seriously damage a home, resulting in costly repairs, a lower property value, and health and safety problems.

What Are Examples of Construction Defects?

At Steinberg Law Firm, we work with clients who are dealing with construction defects that include the following:

  • Leaks and rot in exterior walls
  • Leaking windows
  • Leaking and failing roofs
  • Soil settlement, foundation movement and foundation cracks
  • Cracking brick masonry
  • Moisture and mold problems
  • Cracking, separating, bowed or stained flooring
  • Yards that hold water and do not drain
  • Heat and air conditioning systems that do not perform or cause moisture problems

Construction Defects Can Appear At Any Time

Usually the owner of a home, townhome, or condo sees only the outward signs that a constrution problem may exist. The most significant damage from a construction problem is usually hidden in a wall, in the roof, or under flooring.


What Causes Construction Defects?

Common causes of construction defects include the following:

  • Negligent construction work
  • Defective building materials
  • Negligent architectural, engineering or other design work
  • Negligent soil analysis or soil placement

Who is Responsible for a Construction Defect?

Under South Carolina law, the following people are potentially liable for defects in your home:

  • Developer
  • General contractor
  • Subcontractors
  • Architect
  • Engineer
  • Manufacturers or distributors of products installed in your home

What Should I Do if I Discover a Construction Defect in my Home?

If you find a construction defect in your home, contact the construction defect lawyers at Steinberg Law Firm as soon as possible. If the defect is a serious problem, it needs to be inspected by an architect or engineer who is an expert in the field – not by an architect or engineer associated with the builder. The experienced construction defect attorneys at Steinberg Law Firm have relationships with construction defect experts who can evaluate an issue to figure out if you have a claim worth pursuing.

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When Can I Bring a Claim?

South Carolina has laws that limit when a homeowner can bring a claim for construction defects. Two legal principles determine these timeframes: the Statute of Limitations and the Statute of Repose. Contact our construction defect team, and we will asses the issues in your home at no cost to you.

Talk to a Construction Defect Lawyer in Charleston

For a free review of your case, call us at 843-720-2800

If your home has damage from a construction defect, our South Carolina construction defect lawyers are ready to pursue aggressive action against the liable party. Contact the Steinberg Law Firm or call us at 843-720-2800 to talk with a member of our professional legal staff and find out more about what we can do for you.


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