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Construction Accidents

Don’t Let Faulty Construction Cost You!

Billings is growing. That means there are new residential and commercial developments being built every day. Many of the construction contractors and builders in the area are superb assets to our community; they do a great job during the construction process and their completed projects are structurally sound and visually beautiful. However, for every good contractor in our community, others come onto the scene and try to compete by cutting corners, using inferior products and/or faulty designs, or by performing work in a careless and substandard manner. When this happens, the result can be financially ruinous.

If you have recently had a home constructed, put up a building, hired a contractor to perform major repairs that fall short of your expectations, or have had difficulties working with your insurance company approving storm damage repairs, don’t settle for the frustrating excuses, unreasonable delays, or defective and unsafe work. Matt Tourtlotte has more than twenty years litigating serious construction defect cases in Billings and throughout Montana. Tourtlotte Law Firm has a track record of helping homeowners and construction clients get their projects completed the right way. If you have claim involving an unscrupulous contractor, uncooperative insurance company, or defective, incomplete, or unsafe construction, call us at 406-294-3400 to learn more about how we can help.


Do Not Accept a Broken Promise.

Hiring a contractor is an exercise in trust. When you have a home or commercial building constructed, there are two things that you should expect: reasonable workmanship and fitness for use or habitation. In other words, when you hire a builder, you shouldn’t have to guess if they have the skills to perform the job or wonder if your building is safe to live in or work in after construction is complete. When the trust you have placed is violated you should contact an attorney like Matt Tourtlotte to better understand your rights.

What is Faulty Construction?

Faulty or defective construction can occur in one or more of the following ways:

Water Leakage: Water leaks can occur from inside the home from leaking, improperly installed pipes and appliances. Our homes have pipes in them, though we almost never see any of those pipes because they are sealed off behind the walls. While this is great for aesthetics, it also means that water leaks can go undetected for quite some time, and cause major problems down the road.

Water leaks can also occur from outside the home. These leaks can occur when building sites are improperly graded or when foundations and underground structures and drains are improperly constructed.

Faulty Electrical Work: Electrical shorts are one of the leading causes of house fires. But it’s not something you should have to worry about with new construction. Rushing through jobs, using products that aren’t certified, and using laborers that are not licensed or improperly skilled are common issues when electrical problems arise.

Negligent Design: Buildings must meet the latest building codes and construction must follow the designs implemented for the project. An architect or builder that cuts corners can end up putting your safety at risk. Faulty construction and design can also cause serious damage to your home and can lead to the need for expensive repairs.

Hazardous Materials or Mold: In areas where water is present, such as kitchens and bathrooms, there are certain materials that need to be used in order to prevent mold growth. When a contractor skips these materials, or allows water and moisture to accumulate, toxic black mold can grow and your family can develop serious illnesses and health problems.

Defective Materials: Materials that don’t meet code or have been damaged can result in big problems for your home. If they were installed, but they simply weren’t the right quality, then they fall into this category.

Defective Workmanship: Any time a builder doesn’t have the skills needed to safely construct your home, there will be problems with the finished project. Some builders also cut corners and do things that cause such problems as leaking roofs, sinking foundations, buckling walls, leaking water, and many other construction defects to occur. Any issues that result in a failure on behalf of the builder, designer, or architect can give rise to a claim for ‘Defective Workmanship’.

How Should You Handle a Faulty Residential Construction Claim?

When you discover that your home wasn’t built properly, you want it to be fixed!

Your first step is to make a checklist of all the issues that have come up, and then review them with your contractor. If the issues are not fixed within a reasonable amount of time from the date of the completion of your construction (usually this time period will be outlined in your contract with the builder) you should contact an experienced construction defect attorney like Matt Tourtlotte. A contractor who refuses to address construction defects can be held liable for construction repairs and attorney fees.

If you have issues with home construction, and your contractor is being unreasonable, then you need a faulty construction lawyer in Billings, MT. An experienced attorney like Matt Tourtlotte can evaluate your claim and get you the result you deserve. Tourtlotte Law Firm can help you collect payment for the damages caused by negligent and faulty construction. Matt can also make sure that the insurance company covers the cost of construction repairs that should be covered by your insurance policy. If you need help understanding your rights, call us at 406-294-3400 to schedule your free initial consultation.

Matt Tourtlotte

Accident Attorney in Billings, Montana

Matt Tourtlotte and Tourtlotte Law Firm strive to help people who are injured in accidents. Matt understands insurance coverage. He understands how insurance companies value and defend auto, truck, and motorcycle claims. Matt will stand up to the insurance company for you. He will fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve.

The Tourtlotte Law Firm has successfully represented clients in serious accident claims across the state of Montana. Matt has fought for his clients in the State and Federal Courts of our state and he has achieved results that far exceed his client’s expectations.

If you have been in a car accident, a semi-truck accident, a motorcycle accident, get in touch with the best accident attorney in Billings.

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