Contractor Negligence

Construction projects in Florida involve a great deal of investment, both in terms of time and money. As such, it is important that contractors carry out their responsibilities in a diligent and responsible manner. However, there are times when a contractor's negligence can lead to significant financial and legal consequences.

What is Contractor Negligence?

Contractor negligence refers to a situation where a contractor fails to exercise the level of care that a reasonable contractor would have exercised under similar circumstances. In other words, it is a failure to meet the standard of care expected of a professional in the construction industry. This can occur in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Failure to comply with building codes and safety regulations
  • Using substandard materials or equipment
  • Failure to properly supervise subcontractors
  • Failure to meet project deadlines
  • Failure to adequately communicate with clients or other contractors
  • Failure to provide proper warranties or guarantees
  • When any of these or other acts of negligence occur, it can lead to property damage, personal injury, or other damages that can be costly for clients, property owners, or others involved in the project.

Contractor Negligence Claims in Florida

In Florida, contractors owe a duty of care to their clients and other parties involved in a construction project. When they fail to meet this duty of care, they can be held liable for any damages that result. Florida law provides several legal options for pursuing contractor negligence claims, including:

  • Breach of Contract: If the contractor fails to meet the terms of their contract, they can be held liable for any damages that result. This may include failing to complete the project on time or using substandard materials or equipment.

  • Negligence: Negligence claims can be pursued when a contractor fails to meet the standard of care expected of a reasonable contractor in similar circumstances.

  • Strict Liability: In some cases, contractors may be held strictly liable for damages that result from their actions or omissions, regardless of whether they were negligent or not.

Pursuing a Contractor Negligence Claim in Florida

If you believe that you have suffered damages as a result of a contractor's negligence, there are several steps you can take to pursue a claim. These include:

  • Documenting the Damage: It is important to document any damages that result from the contractor's negligence, including photographs, videos, or other evidence.

  • Notifying the Contractor: You should notify the contractor in writing of the damages that have occurred and request that they take appropriate action to address the situation.

  • Filing a Complaint: If the contractor fails to take appropriate action or disputes the claim, you may need to file a complaint with the appropriate regulatory agency or court.

  • Seeking Legal Counsel: It is important to seek the advice of an experienced attorney who can guide you through the legal process and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

Contractor negligence claims can be complex and involve significant financial and legal consequences. If you believe that you have suffered damages as a result of a contractor's negligence in Florida, it is important to take action as soon as possible. By documenting the damage, notifying the contractor, filing a complaint, and seeking legal counsel, you can pursue the compensation you deserve and hold the responsible parties accountable.

Contact a Rashkin Law attorney to discuss your Contractor Negligence.