Can I Sue a Contractor for Poor Workmanship?

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Posted: March 10, 2020
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Selecting a contractor to do work on your house is often a complex and detailed process. Even with great care in selecting, poor workmanship is not impossible.

But can a contractor be sued for an unsatisfactory job? That depends on several factors.

Contract Disputes

Construction Contract Dispute: Men Arguing Over a Blueprint Construction contract disputes are commonly handled in court. In many cases, these are seen in small claims court where they are quickly resolved, but in others, legal representation may be needed.

There are two primary ways a contract can be breached:

  • Material breach. This occurs when either party obviously and clearly deviates from the contract. Examples may include leaving a job unfinished, using defective parts and products, fraud, and cutting corners
  • Non-material breach. This occurs when a minor issue, such as a brand, is changed, color is slightly (but unnoticeably) changed, or practical considerations cause slight delays

In many cases, a non-material breach can be resolved out of court. So too can some material contract breaches. However, if you have lost significant amounts of time and money, been left with an unusable home, or suffered other consequences of poor workmanship, you may be entitled to seek compensation through legal action. 

We are here to review your case and help you determine the best course of action.

What is Poor Workmanship?

Poor workmanship can take many forms. Some of the most common are:

  • Improper installation of materials
  • Poor installation of products and devices
  • Cut corners and jury-rigging

Poor workmanship can impact electricity, plumbing, walls and support structures, concrete, and foundations. It can lead to mold, corrosion, leaks, cracks, electrocution, fire, and even death.

When poor workmanship impacts a project you have paid someone to undertake, you have a right to hold them accountable and seek fair compensation. The construction dispute attorneys at Lewis Kuhn Swan PC can help.

Contact Us for a Consultation

Not all instances of poor workmanship end up in court, but it is always a good idea to have your case reviewed by a qualified and competent attorney. With decades of experience and a proven record of success, the attorneys at Lewis Kuhn Swan PC welcome the opportunity to hear your story.

Call our Colorado Springs office at 719-694-3000 to schedule your consultation today.