Defective Construction Part One: Personal Injury

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Have you been seriously injured due to the defective construction of a home or business?

This is part one of a two-part blog series that will discuss the potential legal ramifications of defective construction. In this blog post, the topic is focused on physical injury and negligence law. Part 2 will focus on North Carolina’s warranty law.

All construction in the State of North Carolina is required to be of proper design, in compliance with the local and state building codes, done in a workmanlike manner and constructed with safe building materials.

North Carolina’s Negligence Law

North Carolina’s general statutes and body of law create causes of action for negligent construction, for negligent design and for defective products used during construction. If someone you know has been injured or killed as a result of poor craftsmanship, use of poor-quality materials or an unsafe design, then that person may have a claim against various different persons or entities involved in the construction of their home or business.

Some potential persons or businesses that may be held responsible:

  • Contractor
  • Sub-contractor
  • Manufactured/ Modular home dealer, manufacturer and set up crew
  • Engineer
  • Architect
  • Inspector
  • Building material manufacturer, distributor and supplier

All persons listed above owe duties to their customers to follow North Carolina’s building codes and statutes and to do so in a reasonable manner. A violation of this duty is negligence. If this negligence results in physical injury, then you would have a cause of action against the negligent party.

Some potential types of construction where injuries may occur:

  • Homes
  • Businesses
  • Playgrounds
  • Parking lots
  • Shopping Centers
  • Amusement Parks

If you or someone you know have been seriously injured due to the negligent construction or design of a building, please give us a call at 888-694-5515 or email Davis Poisson at The attorneys at Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC may be able to help.

In his forty-four years in the practice of law, Fred Poisson, Jr. has successfully handled over ten thousand cases in the areas of workers’ compensation and personal injury.