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Storm water drainage subject of construction defect lawsuit

Florida construction companies face many challenges in the execution of their work. Sometimes, these challenges are not directly related to the ability to properly or fully perform a job but rather they can be related to interactions with the clients. Accusations of a construction defect can happen and companies must be able to defend themselves against them in order for their businesses to be able to survive.

A Georgia construction company understands this all too well, as reported on in a recent media article. The company is facing construction litigation initiated by the Jasper County School District. This complex construction dispute has the school district alleging that negligent design and construction at two schools has caused the formation of sinkholes on the properties.

While admitting that there has been no negative effect on district classrooms or office space and that no mold has been located, the school district asserts that the underground storm water system was not properly constructed. They further state that this prevents storm water from moving away from paved areas, buildings or fields where it is likely to cause problems. The school district is seeking repairs to be made to rectify what it calls the improper drainage system. One estimate values this work at more than $1 million.

Any construction project, especially a large-scale project with multiple companies involved, can be subject to problems. It can be very helpful for a construction manager or company owner to talk with an attorney to get help with complaints like these.

Source: WSAV.com, “Jasper County School District Files Lawsuit Concerning School Construction,” Liz Buckthorpe, March 11, 2014

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