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Common Types of Residential Construction Defect Cases in Nevada

Construction defects can range from an improperly installed tile to more serious and costly problems, like an improperly installed exterior wall system that allows water intrusion or mold-growth. When such errors result in property damage or harm to a person, owners may pursue compensation for their losses.

What Is a Construction Defect?

Construction defects may include deficiencies in the design, manufacture, construction or repair of a new residential property or an addition to an existing residence, or of an appurtenance. Faults in the construction may rise to the level of defects when they are not completed in a “good and workmanlike manner” and “proximately causes physical damage” or “which presents an unreasonable risk of injury to a person or property”.

Design Defects

Design defects include errors to certain design elements that require a redesign or the replacement of some components to correct the mistake. For example, a roof designed with an incorrect pitch may cause poor drainage or allow water seepage, which may increase the risk of mold growth, destroy appliances or home interiors, or result in other costly damages.

Material Defects

Material defects involve the use of substandard, damaged, or otherwise inadequate building materials in the construction of a home. Inferior building materials may result in home features not functioning correctly, deteriorating quicker than expected, or providing inadequate structural support.

Workmanship Defects

Errors involving the construction or repair of a property may occur as a result of contractors failing to follow applicable codes, industry quality standards, construction documents, or manufacturer’s installation instructions. For instance, workmanship defects may include improper soil compaction, which may allow a home’s foundation to sink, crack, or otherwise sustain damage.

How Do Construction Defect Cases Work?

Property owners who fall victim to negligent construction may take legal action and may be able to recover compensation for their losses. Homeowners may be able to file a lawsuit against their contractor or developer and, potentially, others involved with the design and building of their properties. Within 10 years of the substantial completion of a new construction or a property improvement, owners may be able to seek damages, including the costs of repairing the damage and some of the expenses associated with pursuing their claims, from those responsible for the defects to their properties.

What Our Clients Say

We used Maddox, Segerblom & Canepa to represent us in a legal suit re problems in construction on new properties that we purchased from a developer.

We were very pleased with the representation provided by this law firm. They were fully communicative, responsive to our questions and were very knowledgeable about the issues that required resolution. Even after we reached a resolution, they have been responsive in making sure to point us in the right direction for help with repairs that are required.

We would recommend them to others with similar issues that require legal help.

Atam & Margo Lalchandani

Maddox, Segerblom & Canepa did a FANTASTIC job in our construction defects case. I interacted with several people from their office throughout our 2 year litigation. Their staff is friendly, knowledgeable and always prompt about getting back to you when you have questions/comments/concerns. I especially enjoyed working with Darcy, Ardea, Eva, and Sandra. Being part of a lawsuit is no fun for anyone, but if you have to be a part of one, I can’t say enough positive things about this firm!

Victoria Fox

The law firm of Maddox, Segerblom, and Canepa were amazing to work with. They were thorough and always available for any questions we had. We worked a lot with Sandy who was always professional, friendly, always on time for appointments and just a great person to represent this firm. We have never been involved in a law suit before and they made it comfortable for us. We appreciate the hard work the lawyers and people who work for the firm did and would recommend them.

Becky Loudenburg

Construction Defect (NRS40) lawsuit. Eva Segerblom, Sandra and Darcy are Top Notch when it comes to investigation, expert witness, understanding of issues of construction defect and how to pursue a remedy. Possibly the Pre-eminent Law Firm in this highly technical area. I personally worked with them on 2 Construction Defect law Suits and the prevailed on both resulting in the Community and Homeowners receiving money to rememdy problems within this community. Because of their success and my belief in their professional abilities, I recommended them to another Community experiencing similar NRS40 issues………..again, they were successful. I highly recommend them.

Tom Gargus
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