Electrical Defects During Construction
What Are Signs of Serious Electrical Defects?
Electrical defects pose a safety hazard and damage expensive equipment. Defects in the planning, design, and installation of an electrical system can be more than an inconvenience. Electrical defects can create shock and fire hazards, leading to serious injuries or loss of property.
Possible signs of a defective electrical system include:
- Circuit breakers that continually overload and trip
- Electrical wiring that gets hot
- Frequent or intermittent local power surges or brownouts
- Failures of electrical appliances and HVAC equipment
Electrical defects may source from the following:
- Poor planning and design of the electrical system
- Use of defective or substandard materials
- Use of unskilled labor for installation
If you believe you have an electrical defect, do not attempt to fix it yourself. It is critical to hire a qualified electrician to troubleshoot and diagnose the problem and speak to a lawyer. Once properly diagnosed, a strategy for redesigning and repairing the system can be devised.
Electrical Defect FAQ
How can an electrical defect cause damage to my home or business?
A defect in any of your property’s electrical systems can have serious consequences. At the least, a defect can affect energy efficiency or the effectiveness of air conditioning, electrical appliances, and other systems or items that run on electricity. At the worst, an electrical defect can pose safety hazards, causing electrocution, electrical injury, or a fire. Your property may be significantly damaged, and you could suffer injury as well. When this happens, you deserve the chance to seek fair compensation from the at-fault party. That’s where our team at Arnold & Itkin can help.
How can I prove it was an electrical defect?
Proving an electrical defect can be difficult, but with the right resources and experience in this area of law, it can be done. A skilled electrician and investigator can assess the problem to see if it was poor planning, substandard materials, poor workmanship, or a defective product. The next step will be to prove this so you can recover money for repairs, lost property value, and other losses from the responsible contractor, builder, or manufacturer.
What is my electrical defect case worth?
The value of your electrical defect case will depend on the extent of property damage and other losses or harm you have experienced. In some cases, a case can be worth a considerable amount of money, if serious injury occurred or an entire property or portion of a structure was destroyed. By thoroughly evaluating your case and losses, our team can determine a fair value and pursue that on your behalf. We also handle these cases on a contingent fee basis, so you don’t have to worry about paying anything unless we secure a settlement or award for you.
Our Houston Construction Defect Lawyers Put in Work Required for Success
Electrical defects can require costly repairs that may cause additional damage. Electrical systems are installed during the framing stage of construction when interior walls and ceilings are accessible. Rework and repairs performed after a structure is built can require the removal and replacement of ceiling and wall surfaces. Undiagnosed electrical defects can wreak havoc on electronics, appliances, and other equipment. An electrical defect may, in fact, cause premature failures of appliances and other electrical equipment. If you notice a pattern of frequent and otherwise unexplained failures of electric appliances or equipment, you may reasonably suspect an electrical system defect.
An electrical defect may be the result of poor planning, design, or workmanship. A thorough evaluation can help determine whether an electrical system defect exists, and, if so, what the cause of the defect was. Depending on the cause, responsibility for the defect may lie with the builder, an engineer, electrician, HVAC installer/technician, equipment manufacturer, or another party. If you have suffered a serious financial loss as a result of an electrical system defect in your home or commercial property, you may be entitled to recover damages.
Contact a Houston construction defect attorney to learn more about your options: (888) 493-1629. Your review is free!