The news has been filled with stories about construction defects that have lead to lives being lost and even lives that hang in the balance as a result of defects that should have been uncovered during the initial planning and building phase. In fact, several of these have been close to home and we want to share some insider information about these issues.
The question we hear most often is why do we hear about these disasters on television and then they just go away? The reason is that builders and their insurers don’t want these cases in the media because they drive awareness and that does not help them. They prefer to settle and then ignore what happened as quickly as possible. This is done with confidential settlements and we have used these in the past. We are paid to represent our client and when that means a confidential settlement and it is in our client’s best interest so be it. The reality is that the construction industry has done little to cleanse itself of poor builders and getting rid of the bad guys is the first step.
The company that built the balcony that collapsed, Segue Construction from Pleasanton, CA has settled at least 5 lawsuits regarding defects that caused injury or death and they are still building. Another local case that just happened is the apartment complex in Folsom, CA where the stairs collapsed and crushed a man to death. The complex was aware of the issue for over a year and responded by placing the stairway in question on a priority list for over a year after they identified it as a threat. Both of these situations happened as a result of water intrusion and poor construction practices. Another big issue that has the public at risk from water intrusion is the Bay Bridge and that will become an issue someday.
If you have been injured as a result of anything construction related, even if you think it’s “just one of those things” call GB Legal. We have construction specialists that have the experience required to determine if there was a failure that shouldn’t have happened, tell us why and then we can determine what to do next! Call us 24/7/365 at 888-809-1075 or by visiting www.gblegal.com We Can Help!