Norton & Associates

Los Angeles Construction Defect and Real Estate Litigation Attorney

(310) 706-4134

Victim of Construction Defects? Fight Back!

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Construction defects are one of the primary threats to property investment value in Los Angeles. Protecting your investment requires a construction defect litigator. Timothy Norton of Norton & Associates has been protecting real property investments from the threat of construction defects for 33 years.

Construction defects are almost always hidden from view at the time of the real estate purchase transaction, and manifest themselves later, often years later. In one instance, Timothy Norton successfully reversed the sale transaction, when extensive landslide engineering would have been required to remedy the problem, and which was known and concealed from the buyer, and restored the entire purchase price, plus interest and costs to the buyer-client.

Timothy Norton has successfully represented a client who purchased a brand-new glass and steel custom designed home, who soon after the close of escrow discovered extensive leaks in the roof, roof-decks, walls, windows, doors, pool, and planters. A thorough investigation revealed defects in the electrical system, air-conditioning and in the workmanship and building materials. The result was a successful settlement and recovery of the entire cost of repair, and an additional recovery of damages against the prior attorney who failed to include claims against the Lender, which had been directly involved in the construction, construction financing, hiring and appointment of the general contractor and various subcontractors, as well as having been directly involved in the sale disclosures and sale transaction documents. The totality of the recovery was in fact in excess of the cost of repair, a truly exceptional result.

With 33+ years-experience and $190m in jury verdict awards, with $70m in punitive damages and millions more obtained in settlement, Timothy Norton of Norton & Associates is your construction defect litigator in Los Angeles. with 2 locations nearby to serve you: Manhattan Beach, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 500, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, and downtown Los Angeles, 355 S. Grand Ave., Ste 2450, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Call today: 310.706.4134, Email: tl.norton@verizon.net, or visit www.constructiondefect.com.

Timothy Norton LA’s Premier Construction Defect Attorney

Norton & Associates is your construction defect lawyer in Los Angeles. With 33 years experience
in construction defect litigation in Los Angeles, and $190m in jury verdict awards, Timothy
Norton of Norton & Associates has the experience and the track record of proven success to
handle your construction defect claim. This experience includes all property types, with an
emphasis on custom homes, and also including residential homes, condominiums, townhomes,
commercial property, warehouse loft conversions and high-rise construction. Complex litigation
is Timothy Norton’s forte, including multi-party litigation, coordinated and combined actions,
complex insurance and liability issues and forensic accounting and fraud investigations.

As a sole practitioner, with vast experience, Timothy Norton is uniquely situated to commit to a
select group of cases and clients, who receive unparalleled personal attention and focus to their
specific case and their specific needs. Experts and consultants hand-picked by Timothy Norton
are chosen to evaluate and present your case, compliment and round out the team, designed
to evaluate and prove every element, every detail of your case, and provide the necessary
strength in negotiations and trial.

33 years experience extends to all phases of litigation, from initial case evaluation and
investigation, through the vital and critical process of negotiation, mediation and settlement,
and, if necessary, trial. One of the most overlooked components of a construction defect
attorney’s many tasks, is the process of settlement negotiations and mediation.

A great majority of construction defect cases settle before trial. In fact, it is said that over 90%
of all construction defect cases settle before trial. Therefore, preparation for and the utilization
of mediation and the process of settlement negotiations to obtain a valued settlement is
critical. This requires a complete understanding of the case and its strengths and weaknesses,
familiarity with the opponents and their counsel and insurance adjusters, as well as the
intricacies of the insurance coverage, and the use of known mediators and mediation
confidentiality to promote detailed damages analyses and various forms of negotiating tactics,
timing and leverage to steer the settlement to an acceptable conclusion. The threat of a trial
and the value of a negotiated settlement are the twin concepts that propel a case through time,
that can be used for your benefit. It is not just a question of being one of the 90% who obtains a
settlement, but being within the highest range of settlement possible.

One reason for the high percentage of settlements is the existence of insurance coverage which
pays the settlements. Insurance companies are naturally reluctant to pay a greater share than
they see as justified. So, often insurance settlement offers are very low. Hence, the need to
understand the damages and their true value, to leverage the carriers and their insureds and to
negotiate on multiple levels: party, attorney, adjuster, carrier, insured. And, that’s just one
party. In most construction defect cases, there are multiple parties, often 10-15, thus
multiplying the negotiation by that many parties.

With two offices to serve you, Timothy Norton of Norton & Associates has the experience and successful track record to be your construction defect attorney near me: Manhattan Beach and Downtown Los Angeles. Manhattan Beach, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 500, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, and downtown Los Angeles, 355 S. Grand Ave., Ste 2450, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Call today: 310.706.4134.

What makes a great Real Estate Litigator?

Norton & Associates: experienced, proven, effective Los Angeles real estate litigation attorney. Timothy Norton of Norton & Associates wields 33+ years experience combined with $190m in jury verdicts and $70m in punitive damage awarded.

Timothy Norton’s extensive real estate litigation experience includes construction defect and more broadly, real estate litigation with a focus on issues that arise in real property sales transactions that diminish, threaten and negatively affect the value of real estate assets and investments. This experience includes litigating seller non-disclosure, fraud, concealment and misrepresentation, and recovering damages and loss of value and marketability that are a direct result. This requires an in-depth understanding and application of protections available under the law and in the language of purchase agreement itself to recover the investment value that is lost or diminished as a result of non-disclosure and fraud. And, even though the property has not been acquired directly from a builder-developer, recovery from the builder-developer for construction defects may be an option if the development was fairly recent.

The evaluation of the legal landscape and the options available is an essential component of this approach, and ultimately in determining whether the loss of value and marketability is to be borne by those who caused the loss, or by the buyer and current owner-investor. This requires an understanding and evaluation of the transaction, the documents and written communications, the players, the insurance coverage, the assets of the targeted players, the market value of the asset at various points in time, the link between the value of the asset and the conduct, and ultimately the process of unifying all this together into a coherent narrative with a concrete well–defined plan of action and a case with impact, value and power.

Timothy Norton of Norton & Associates is your real estate litigation attorney in Los Angeles, with 2 locations nearby to serve you: Manhattan Beach, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 500, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, and downtown Los Angeles, 355 S. Grand Ave., Ste 2450, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Call today: 310.706.4134.

What are Water Intrusion Issues?

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Water intrusion or water leaks into any interior space of a building, whether residential or commercial, is a construction defect for which you may be able to recover from the builder, developer or seller. However, due to the statutes of limitation, you must act promptly and contact a construction defect attorney with experience in this very technical and specialized field.

The building’s exterior, including the windows, doors, decks, roof, and any related component is the building “envelope”, which is designed and intended to be waterproof. Unintended water coming into a building is water intrusion. Water intrusion can arise from any element of the building envelope, from the roof, decks, balconies stairs, patios, stucco and walls, down to the windows, doors and even the foundation, and retaining walls, or from any combination of these. Any home or commercial building that experiences water intrusion, or significant leaks, is defective.

Water intrusion may be the single most important sign of construction defects. Water intrusion is also very often a sign that poor workmanship and defective construction may exist in other areas of the structure. Builders and contractors who fail in the construction of the waterproofing, a most basic and fundamental task, often fail in other areas as well.

When these issues affect the building in a systemic way, such as in a series of windows, doors or throughout the walls and roof, or decks, and persist over time, these issues will significantly affect the value and marketability of the property, as well as its use and enjoyment.

Water intrusion may not be apparent for years, due to dry winters and lack of rain, and because low-level water intrusion simply isn’t visible. However, when water intrusion becomes apparent, it’s important to act promptly and contact a construction defect attorney and expert in the field.

Warning Signs of Water Intrusion

Water intrusion damage changes by building because of design and material differences. Your home or business may have water intrusion issues if you notice these problems:

  • Water intrusion into any interior space
  • Leaks from the roof, walls, windows, doors, balconies, decks or foundation
  • Discoloration or staining on the walls and/or ceiling
  • Bubbling and texture changes in paint
  • Linoleum or wallpaper that is peeling away from surfaces
  • A stale or musty smell
  • Buckling and cupping of wood floors

These are just a few signs that your home or commercial property has water intrusion issues. If the cause appears to be systemic and severe, you have a significant construction defect issue.

What to Do if You Suspect Water Intrusion on Your Property

It’s critical that you address the water intrusion issues and the cause as soon as possible, which starts with identifying the cause and preventing further damage. Do what you can to resolve the leak, seek help from a professional, and contact our construction defect attorney in L.A. to discuss your potential claim.

The statutes of limitation for construction defects are complex, but if your home is less than 10 years old, and you have experienced significant water intrusion or other defects, it is important to act now, and seek a consultation with an experienced construction defect attorney to learn more about your rights, your claims and the process of recovering damages and restoring the value to your property.

Contact Our LA Construction Defect & Real Estate Litigation Attorney

Call our construction defect and real estate litigation attorney in the Los Angeles area today at (310) 706-4134 for a complimentary consultation. With 33 years of experience and $190m in jury verdict awards, Timothy Norton is your construction defect and real estate litigation attorney in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles area and Manhattan Beach, California.

What are Common Water Intrusion Problems?

Construction defect attorney shows blue prints for water intrusion

Water intrusion problems are usually very obvious: leaks and water intrusion into the interior of your home around windows and doors, decks and roofs, in foundation walls, and possibly at retaining walls: all of which are designed to prevent leaks and provide a waterproof envelope. Significant and systemic leaks are a construction defect, for which you may recover damages from the builder, developer or seller. Certain statutes of limitations apply, therefore it’s vital that you consult with an experienced construction defect attorney to evaluate your claim and protect your rights.

Our construction defect and real estate litigation attorney can help you through the claims process and hold those responsible for the issue accountable.

Water Intrusion Problems with the Foundation of Your Home

There are several ways water can find its way into your home’s foundation including:

  • Water Leaks in Interior Rooms: Visible water in interior areas, water stains on the ceiling or walls, bubbling paint or plaster, and other signs indicating water intrusion from rain or rain runoff.
  • Water Leaks through Foundational Walls: If the foundation wasn’t appropriately sealed, waterproofed or drained, water can penetrate the foundation walls.
  • Moisture through Slabs: This often presents in the form of damp areas, seepage, and cracking.
  • Water Accumulation Areas by Windows: This is a sign of inadequate window installation, and inadequate waterproofing of the windows, window openings, and related wall connections.

If you notice any of the water intrusion listed above, reach out to our LA attorney to make sure your rights are protected and avoid astronomical repair costs.

Water Intrusion Problems in the Framing System & Living Areas of Your Home

Water intrusion affects the framing and living spaces can do extensive damage to a home. More importantly, water intrusion affects the value and marketability of your property.

It’s critical to seek help from a professional and contact our construction defect attorney in L.A. to discuss your potential claim.

The statutes of limitation for construction defects are complex, but if your home or commercial property is less than 10 years old, and you have experienced significant water intrusion problems or other defects, it is important to act now, and seek a consultation with an experienced construction defect attorney to learn more about your rights, your claims and the process of recovering damages and restoring the value to your property. With 33 years of experience and $190m in jury verdict awards, Timothy Norton is your construction defect and real estate litigation attorney in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles area and Manhattan Beach, California.

Contact Our Construction Defect Attorney in Los Angeles

Call our construction defect and real estate litigation attorney in the Los Angeles area today at (310) 706-4134 for a complimentary consultation.

What Is the Statute of Limitations for Construction Defects?

When you purchase a new property, you should be able to take it on faith that it will be built to standards and free of defects. Unfortunately, sometimes expectations don’t always meet reality and when a builder cuts corners, your property value will suffer.

Fortunately, California law is written in a way that helps protect property buyers in a case of construction defect. To ensure you protect your property and your investment, you need file suit within the applicable time periods for a construction defect case. Here’s a look at the statute of limitations for construction defects.

Overview of the Statute of Limitations

The first element of construction defect statutes of limitation in California are the statutes that provide the general periods of repose, or outside limits to a construction defect claim. These are found in California Code of Civil Procedure Sections 337.1 and 337.15. These statutes provide a four year time period for patent (visible defects) and a 10-year time period for patent (hidden) defects. These time periods generally start to run from the date of substantial completion or first occupancy, and thus apply to new construction. However, other statutes of limitation come into play, especially once the defect is discovered, particularly for latent defects.

Breach of Contract

The statute of limitations for breach of contract in California, such as a contract to purchase a home, is four years. Once a defect is discovered or the owner becomes aware of the breach, an owner would generally have four years from that date in which to file suit against the other party to the contract for the purchase, sale or construction of the property.

Injury or Damage to Real Property

The statute of limitations in California for injury or damage to real property is three years. Once a defect is discovered or the owner becomes aware of the defect, an owner would generally have three years from that date in which to file a lawsuit. This would generally include all claims against any builder, contractor or other person involved with causing the defect and the harm caused by the defect.

Fraud

The statute of limitations in California for fraud is three years from the date the fraud was discovered. Once the fraud is discovered or the owner is on notice and has three years in which to file a lawsuit.

What to Do When You Find a Defect

When you find any sort of defect in construction around your property, the first step you should take is to contact an experienced construction defect attorney. The statutes of limitation are critical to your claim and require the expertise of an attorney to understand and apply to your case. An attorney can help you navigate the law and ensure you take all necessary steps to properly evaluate the claim, the statutes of limitation and to file suit.

Working With a California Construction Defect Attorney

If you have construction defects or are concerned that you may have a construction-related claim, give us a call for a free consultation. At Norton & Associates, we take pride in helping property owners navigate the complex laws that govern construction defect cases. Call today at 310-706-4134. We’re here to help.

How Long Do Construction Defect Cases Take?

Discovering construction defects in your property or properties can be extremely frustrating for a homeowner or a homeowners’ association. Even more frustrating can be the process of attempting to get the problems and construction defect claims repaired satisfactorily by the builder. If you fail to remedy the situation with the builder, however, litigation may be your best and only option. But, how long do construction defect cases take? Keep reading to learn more. If you’re a builder or own a building company and you’d like to take insure yourselves, you may want to look at services like this builders insurance.

How Long Do Construction Defect Cases Take?

According to the Los Angeles Superior Court guidelines, a typical construction defect claim or case filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court can take up to two years. More complex cases can take longer. This process does not take into account settlements, which can considerably shorten the time.

Initial Phase: Identifying the defects and filing the claim

In a typical custom home construction defect matter, where SB-800 does not apply, the homeowner should file a claim as soon as they become aware of serious defects. This may often require an investigation by an experienced construction defect attorney and forensic experts who are experienced in evaluating and identifying the defects that exist, and the scope of the repair, and thus the related damages. The investigation will also look into determining the persons responsible, such as the General Contractor or any subcontractors who will be named in the action.

After the Claim is Filed: Discovery Phase

Once the action is filed, and served on those known to be responsible for the defects, discovery is conducted to further evaluate the defects, and their extent and cost to repair, and the financial viability of the contractors and subcontractors. California law enables parties to a case to discover the existence and limits of policies of insurance that may apply. Many general contractors have insurance which may cover certain defects that have caused property damage, and likewise many subcontractors will have similar policies of insurance. This is valuable information that will guide the litigation process, as well as settlement negotiations.

Settlement & Mediation Phase

Once the scope of the defects and cost of repair has been determined, and a reasonable understanding of the damages is obtained, and the responsible contractors have been brought into the case, the settlement and mediation phase can begin. This phase often involves the use of mediators, many of whom specialize in mediating and settling construction defect claims. These mediators are familiar with the construction insurance policies, the types and nature of various defects, costs of repair and damages. New mediation related guidelines require attorneys to advise their clients of certain elements of mediation confidentiality. The settlement and mediation phase would necessarily be continued until the trial, and even during trial. The advantages of a negotiated settlement are many, including the resolution of certain claims, the payment of a settlement sum without further risk and the end of the litigation.

Construction Defect Trial

Most construction defect cases settle before trial. However, if a settlement cannot be reached, then the matter goes to trial. At trial, typically experts will testify on the defects, their nature and extent, the cost of repair and any other damages related issues, such as loss of use or diminution in value. The experts will often cover a range of disciplines, from general contractor to structural engineering, and any other specialty required, such as geotechnical engineering or appraisal. These are determined by the nature of the case, the strategy and other factors.

Statutes of Limitation

If you feel you are the victim of a construction defect in your property, you can file a construction defect claim. If you go this route, keep in mind that there are laws in California that impose a time limit on certain lawsuits. The length of time needed to bring a construction defect action against the builder is based on:

  • The amount of time that has passed since the substantial completion of the property
  • The nature of the defect
  • When the property owner discovered the defect

Construction Defect Attorney

Construction defect laws can be difficult to understand, and a law firm that specializes in construction defect litigation can help you understand your rights as a property owner and the timing aspects of filing a lawsuit. Timothy Norton of Norton & Associates has more than 30 years of experience litigating construction defect cases. If you have questions about defects in your property do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

What Kind of Construction Defects Can I Sue For?

Construction defects in new high-end custom home construction are more common than one might expect. Often these homes are complicated designs with details and features that require skilled contractors and subcontractors. Defects often arise when builders cut corners on supervision and oversight. In these cases, there can be a multitude of defects in all areas of the home. If this is the case, you may want to look into hiring a home construction company in order to help refurbish and fix any issues within your home, ones like Rodrock Homes who are situated in the Lenexa area, or find a reliable company that’s local to you.

Different Types of Construction Defects

These defects are within interior walls, embedded in structural elements and not apparent to visual inspection. These are latent defects, which manifest themselves over time, often after a severe rain, or through subtle but significant signs, such as cracked foundations, failure of the systems that heat and cool the interior or movement in retaining walls. Problems with retaining walls may require steel sheet piling to help fix them.

Change Order Fraud

Also, custom home construction is more expensive than conventional construction, certainly more detailed and complex, and disputes over change orders are common. Often the owner is unaware of the change order process as it develops and may be surprised at the end of construction by a large change order bill.

Change order fraud is quite prevalent in the industry. Many builders bid their projects low and make up for lost profits by misusing change orders to create additional charges, which can be a significant component of the overall cost. A careful analysis of the change orders, their sequence and scope and the underlying “change” will often expose the fraud.

Construction Defects and the Law

California law protects property owners and provides remedies for construction defects. However, the law is complex and obtaining a recovery from any builder can be difficult, especially when they have misused the change order process to escalate their bill and use these change orders as an offset to your claims. There are time limits that need to be watched carefully to ensure that your claim remains viable. In many cases, it may take 5-7 years for the defects to become apparent.

Construction Defects & Statutes of Limitation

Because of the statutes of limitation, it is important to take action as soon as you become aware of the problem, to document the conditions and retain an attorney to evaluate the conditions and determine whether or when you should file suit. Often the safest solution is simply to file suit as soon as practical to preserve your claims.

If the builder offers to repair the problem, this could affect the statute of limitations. However, one should be wary of builder repairs, which often do not address the root of the problem. The builder who created the defects is not likely to repair them correctly or completely.

Help with Real Estate and Construction Defect Claims

The solution to these problems is simple: Contact Timothy Norton of Norton & Associates, with over 30 years’ experience representing custom homeowners in construction defect and contractor/builder related claims.

Real estate and construction defect attorney Timothy Norton specializes in handling all types of construction-related claims. Contact Norton & Associates today online or by phone at 310-706-4134 to learn how we can help you.

Housing and Construction Defects Law 101

Sometimes roofs sag, water leaks, and concrete cracks. These are the realities of home construction in California, and they all come from poor project management. House building projects can often be managed a lot better through the use of a home building software that helps house builders manage delays and speed up processes. House building software is often used to eliminate the chances of leaks and cracks in a home. All of these may be considered elements of construction defects that may also lead to damage claims and possibly litigation in California. Here’s a look at housing and construction defects law 101.

What are Construction Defects?

Construction defects are generally defined as deficiencies in the design, workmanship, materials, or construction of a home that result in a failure of a part of a structure. Construction defects also cause damage to the person or property, usually resulting in financial harm to the owner. Under California Civil Code 896, a construction defect is any condition which makes your home unsuitable for its intended use.

Common examples of bad house construction include:
? Significant cracks in the foundation
? Faulty framing
? Faulty plumbing
? Leaking window, roofs or walls
? Other moisture problems from improper drainage or waterproofing
? Slanting floors or walls

Some defects are apparent, while others may be hidden from plain sight and normally not discovered during a professional inspection. Construction defects are a regular occurrence in the homebuilding industry, and homeowners can sue for damages. But time is a critical factor in these cases. It’s not a question of whether a homeowner can sue, but when they can sue.

Construction Defect Law: A Primer

Homeowners can sue for almost any construction defect. Like most areas of law, construction defect litigation is a specialty, due to the specific knowledge and expertise required. Construction defect attorneys need to understand the statutes of limitation, insurance coverage, and construction practices, as well as standards of care.

In January, the California Supreme Court resolved 15 years of debate when it decided the long-standing question of whether the “Right to Repair Act” (SB800) provides the sole remedy in California residential construction defect cases (where the builder has invoked the statute in the sale/purchase documents). In McMillin Albany LLC v. Superior Court (2018) 4 Cal.5th 241, the court ruled the Right to Repair Act is the sole remedy for residential construction defect claims subject to pre-litigation considerations, where emergency situations make strict compliance infeasible.

A homeowner can sue various parties for almost any construction defect. Suits for construction defects can come as many different causes of action, which include:
? Breach of warranty
? Contract dispute based on the construction contract
? Fraud
? Strict liability of the general contractor
? Tort claims, such as negligence

Statute of Limitations and Statute of Repose

This is where timing is crucial. States have different statutes of limitation and statutes of repose, which determine if and when you can file a suit. A statute of limitations states the time allowed for being able to sue after a defect was found or should have been found. A statute of repose is the limit for filing a lawsuit starting from the time of the event (such as delivery of the home), even if the defect has only recently been found.

California construction defect law applicable to SB 800 provides a statute of limitations for each individual building violation addressed with time periods ranging from one year to 10 years, depending on the building component. If a construction defect or other problem is observed, the homeowner must promptly seek legal advice as to their rights under the statute of limitations.

Typically, most defective conditions become apparent approximately three to five years after the completion of construction. They initially appear as hairline cracks or other minor problems. The builder/developer is responsible for all defective conditions even if a subcontractor performed the actual work or if the faulty materials used in construction were manufactured by someone else. You’re going to ensure the materials that are going to be used are the best for the job, so having a look at, Tradefix Direct should allow you to find the part you’re going to need to complete the job. Of course, the involved design professionals and subcontractors remain responsible for their work.

Help with Construction Defect Litigation

California law typically favors homeowners, awarding them damages for several types of claims including the reasonable cost of repair, reasonable relocation and storage expenses, and lost business income if the home was used as a principal place of business.

The construction attorneys at Norton & Associates specialize in construction defect claims ranging from thousands to millions of dollars in damages. Timothy Norton has decades of experience with California construction defect cases and other real estate claims. Call today at 310-706-4134. We are here to help.

What You Need To Know About Switching Lawyers Mid-Case

Breaking up can be hard to do, especially with your lawyer. But if you and your attorney aren’t seeing eye to eye, you may want to find an attorney who represents you to your liking. Having a robust legal representation is needed when fighting construction defect cases in California. Switching lawyers mid-case may be the right decision, but there are a few things you should know before looking for a new attorney.

Before you replace or switch lawyers mid-case, it is a good idea to have a conversation about what is making you uncomfortable or unhappy, giving your lawyer a chance to correct the problem. If you cannot resolve the issues, or if you’re still wondering how to switch lawyers, you should know you have the right to fire your lawyer and replace them.

Construction defect claims and the law

The laws relating to damages for injury to real property is one of the areas that attorneys need to be well-versed in to handle a construction defect case. A deficiency in the design or construction of a home resulting from a failure to design or construct in a reasonable, professional manner, and in line with a buyer’s reasonable expectation is at the heart of a construction defect claim.

When a contractor constructs property or makes improvements or repairs on it, this work must be performed to certain standards. If the work is completed in a defective manner, the property owner may have the right to seek compensation through a construction defect lawsuit. However, there are strict time deadlines that the property owner must meet to avoid having his or her claim thrown out.

Timing and construction defect claims

Your legal representative must also understand that with construction defect cases, time really is of the essence. How much time homeowners have when pursuing a construction defect claim depends on the actual cause of action that he/she is asserting. Possible causes of action related to construction defects include breach of contract, breach of implied warranty, negligence, nuisance, fraud, and strict liability. Each cause of action carries with it a different statute of limitations. A statute of limitations is a law that establishes a limit on the right to file a claim for a specific cause of action.

The statute of limitations sets the time limit to bring forth a suit. If the claim is not brought within the relevant statute of limitations, the claim cannot be pursued. For example, a statute of limitations slip and fall new york may state that the plaintiff has three years from the date that a cause of action arose to bring forth a case. California statutes overlap and can be confusing and unclear about the application to a particular set of facts.

Before switching lawyers mid-case

Because of the importance of time in construction defect cases, homeowners should give a lot of thought before switching lawyers mid-case. If you are considering changing attorneys or asking yourself if you can switch lawyers, it is helpful to seek the advice of an experienced attorney who specializes in construction law.

This type of consultation can provide an overview of your case and a useful evaluation of the effect of the statute of limitations. Real estate and construction defect attorney Timothy Norton specializes in handling all types of construction-related claims. Contact Norton & Associates today online or at 310-706-4134 to learn how our team of construction defect attorneys can assist you.

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1500 Rosecrans Ave Suite 500,

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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(310) 706-4134

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Los Angeles, CA 90071

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