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Builder and Construction Worker Negligence

If you’ve been left out of pocket thanks to builder negligence, you may be able to make a claim.

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Making a builder’s negligence claim

Every year thousands of people commission improvements or extensions to their homes, with contractors brought in to carry out the necessary work. But when those building contractors are negligent, they can leave customers seriously out of pocket - or worse, at risk of serious injury from structural defects.

If your building contractor has been negligent in carrying out their work and this has left you out of pocket, we could help you make a professional negligence case against them.  This can cover not only the cost of correcting their work but also compensation for any consequential damage, any financial loss you have experienced as a result of their negligence, and, of course, your distress.

Examples of professional negligence by building contractors

  • The failure to follow plans laid out by architects or engineers
  • Leaving the site without completing the agreed work
  • Using incorrect materials or using the correct materials in the wrong way
  • Failure to adhere to Building Regulations
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Our expert team will call you...

We know that pursuing a professional negligence claim can be a stressful process – especially if you’re already handling the fallout of a builder’s negligence.Two builders observing a construction site

That’s why our expert team of solicitors are on hand to support you throughout every step of the process.

We’ll act fast to establish the nature of the initial agreement reached between you and the builder, and whether there was a failure to carry out the tasks with the appropriate level of skill or care.

Our Financial, Property and Professional Claims team is headed by senior solicitor Claire Critchley who has over 10 years’ experience dealing with complex legal claims against a variety of professionals including surveyors, architects, estate agents and solicitors, in addition to dealing with financial disputes involving mis-sold mortgages and interest rate swaps. Claire also has significant past experience in representing large companies and financial institutions in a range of different legal service areas including breach of contract, debt recovery and insolvency litigation. Claire is currently leading the pursuit of a group claim in relation to a £2 million property investment case known as Enterprise House in Leicester.

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Claire Critchley

Head of Professional Negligence

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“I found the staff to be friendly, helpful, courteous and they kept me well informed on a regular basis”

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10 simple steps to claim

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Understanding what went wrong
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Reviewing relevant documents
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Obtaining an initial response to your grievance
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Sending the Letter of Claim
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The professional’s detailed response
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Issuing court proceedingsTaking a detailed statement
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Obtaining experts’ reports
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Taking a detailed statementIssuing court proceedings
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Attending your court trial
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Awarding your compensation claim

Your questions... answered

What is builder professional negligence?

According to English law, professional negligence occurs when a professional – in this case, a builder – fails to fulfil their duty to a client, or fails to perform their responsibilities to the standard that their client reasonably expects. When professional negligence cases go to court, the claimant must be able to demonstrate three things in order to win the case:

  • That their builder owed them a duty of care
  • That the builder breached that duty of care
  • That the builder’s negligence resulted in financial loss to them

At Your Legal Friend, we know how stressful it can be to consider making a professional negligence claim against a builder – especially if you’re still dealing with the fallout of their negligence. But our skilled team of professional negligence lawyers will make the process as stress-free as possible and will fight to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

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What are the duties of a builder?

Builders have a wide range of responsibilities, from performing small-scale repairs or maintenance on buildings to constructing extensions or entire buildings from scratch. Basically, builders build whatever the client asks. Their duties also include preparing and cleaning construction areas, adhering to health and safety legislation, assembling and dismantling scaffolding, and delivering or distributing supplies. Supervisors will also have a wider range of duties and will be tasked with overseeing the activity of less experienced builders.

Naturally, there is a lot of pressure on builders to ensure that they perform their duties properly and to the highest possible standard. If a builder acts negligently or fails to fulfil their duties, they could end up facing a professional negligence claim.

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Examples of builder professional negligence

Whilst we may know what we expect a builder to do on a construction project, how do you know if your builder has been acting negligently? What kinds of acts are classed as negligent? Here are some practical pointers:

  • The builders did not complete the work with reasonable care and skill
  • The builders did not use the appropriate materials for the task or used them in the wrong way
  • The builders did not follow the plans laid out by the architect or engineer
  • The builders failed to adhere to Building Regulations
  • The builders did not finish the project within a reasonable amount of time (or the builders finished the task significantly later than the deadline specified by the client)
  • The builders did not carry out the project at a reasonable cost (or the builders went significantly over the budget specified by the client)

The first four of these can lead to a wide variety of problems including construction defects, insulation negligence leading to damp, electrical defects, faulty conversions or extensions, unsafe chimneys, leaking roofs… the list is almost endless. If you feel you might have lost out financially as a result of any of these actions, we could help you make a claim.

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What are the consequences of a builder’s negligence?

If your building contractor has been negligent in their work, the consequences can be catastrophic. Not only could they compromise the integrity of an entire structure, they could also cause problems with the electrical, plumbing or heating systems within a building, as well as creating conditions where damp or mould could thrive.

All these problems can be incredibly expensive to rectify – and if you’ve been left out of pocket because of these repairs, we could help you to claim the compensation that you deserve, as well as holding the contractor to account.

How can I make a claim against my builder?

At Your Legal Friend, we have the skills and experience to help you pursue a successful professional negligence claim. So that we can represent you effectively, we’ll need to know the following things:

  • The name of your building contractor
  • What you instructed the contractor to do
  • When you instructed the firm
  • How you feel the contractor was negligent
  • The value of the financial loss you’ve incurred as a result

Once you’ve supplied us with these details, we can start investigating the case and advising you on your next steps. Most building contractors have insurance policies which will ensure you recover the full amount from them when you win your case.

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What is the time limit for builder negligence claims?

Professional negligence claims must be brought within six years of the day on which the negligent act occurred. If you haven’t brought a claim by this deadline, you will be unable to do so.

Sometimes, claimants aren’t actually aware of the negligence when it first occurs, and so the first rule would be unfair to these people. In this instance, the claimant would have three years from the date of discovering the negligence to bring their claim to court.

How long does a claim take?

Because the circumstances surrounding every claim and their effects are different, it’s very difficult to give a definitive answer on how long it takes to settle a claim.  Often it depends on how quickly our clients provide us with essential information, how quickly we can get your file of papers from the professional and any expert reports required, and whether the insurance companies are willing to provide realistic offers to settle the claims.

Whilst we aim to settle your claim as quickly as possible, we also want to ensure we secure the maximum compensation for you. This often means we have to do some hard negotiation with the defendants – which takes extra time.  Our aim is to balance progressing the claim as fast as possible with getting you the maximum settlement.

We realise that you’ll be keen to know about the progress of your claim so we will send you regular emails and texts to keep you up to date, and also to remind you if there is any information we’re waiting for from you.

Read less

According to English law, professional negligence occurs when a professional – in this case, a builder – fails to fulfil their duty to a client, or fails to perform their responsibilities to the standard that their client reasonably expects. When professional negligence cases go to court, the claimant must be able to demonstrate three things in order to win the case:

  • That their builder owed them a duty of care
  • That the builder breached that duty of care
  • That the builder’s negligence resulted in financial loss to them

At Your Legal Friend, we know how stressful it can be to consider making a professional negligence claim against a builder – especially if you’re still dealing with the fallout of their negligence. But our skilled team of professional negligence lawyers will make the process as stress-free as possible and will fight to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Read less

Builders have a wide range of responsibilities, from performing small-scale repairs or maintenance on buildings to constructing extensions or entire buildings from scratch. Basically, builders build whatever the client asks. Their duties also include preparing and cleaning construction areas, adhering to health and safety legislation, assembling and dismantling scaffolding, and delivering or distributing supplies. Supervisors will also have a wider range of duties and will be tasked with overseeing the activity of less experienced builders.

Naturally, there is a lot of pressure on builders to ensure that they perform their duties properly and to the highest possible standard. If a builder acts negligently or fails to fulfil their duties, they could end up facing a professional negligence claim.

Read less

Whilst we may know what we expect a builder to do on a construction project, how do you know if your builder has been acting negligently? What kinds of acts are classed as negligent? Here are some practical pointers:

  • The builders did not complete the work with reasonable care and skill
  • The builders did not use the appropriate materials for the task or used them in the wrong way
  • The builders did not follow the plans laid out by the architect or engineer
  • The builders failed to adhere to Building Regulations
  • The builders did not finish the project within a reasonable amount of time (or the builders finished the task significantly later than the deadline specified by the client)
  • The builders did not carry out the project at a reasonable cost (or the builders went significantly over the budget specified by the client)

The first four of these can lead to a wide variety of problems including construction defects, insulation negligence leading to damp, electrical defects, faulty conversions or extensions, unsafe chimneys, leaking roofs… the list is almost endless. If you feel you might have lost out financially as a result of any of these actions, we could help you make a claim.

Read less

If your building contractor has been negligent in their work, the consequences can be catastrophic. Not only could they compromise the integrity of an entire structure, they could also cause problems with the electrical, plumbing or heating systems within a building, as well as creating conditions where damp or mould could thrive.

All these problems can be incredibly expensive to rectify – and if you’ve been left out of pocket because of these repairs, we could help you to claim the compensation that you deserve, as well as holding the contractor to account.

At Your Legal Friend, we have the skills and experience to help you pursue a successful professional negligence claim. So that we can represent you effectively, we’ll need to know the following things:

  • The name of your building contractor
  • What you instructed the contractor to do
  • When you instructed the firm
  • How you feel the contractor was negligent
  • The value of the financial loss you’ve incurred as a result

Once you’ve supplied us with these details, we can start investigating the case and advising you on your next steps. Most building contractors have insurance policies which will ensure you recover the full amount from them when you win your case.

Read less

Professional negligence claims must be brought within six years of the day on which the negligent act occurred. If you haven’t brought a claim by this deadline, you will be unable to do so.

Sometimes, claimants aren’t actually aware of the negligence when it first occurs, and so the first rule would be unfair to these people. In this instance, the claimant would have three years from the date of discovering the negligence to bring their claim to court.

Because the circumstances surrounding every claim and their effects are different, it’s very difficult to give a definitive answer on how long it takes to settle a claim.  Often it depends on how quickly our clients provide us with essential information, how quickly we can get your file of papers from the professional and any expert reports required, and whether the insurance companies are willing to provide realistic offers to settle the claims.

Whilst we aim to settle your claim as quickly as possible, we also want to ensure we secure the maximum compensation for you. This often means we have to do some hard negotiation with the defendants – which takes extra time.  Our aim is to balance progressing the claim as fast as possible with getting you the maximum settlement.

We realise that you’ll be keen to know about the progress of your claim so we will send you regular emails and texts to keep you up to date, and also to remind you if there is any information we’re waiting for from you.

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