Seeking Compensation for an Injury Caused by a Defective House

Your home is supposed to be a place where you feel safe. However, if your home is not constructed in the proper manner, it might contain defects that might lead to personal injuries if you're not careful. If you are injured as a result, there are several parties who could be responsible for your injuries and you may be entitled to compensation.

Determining Who Is at Fault

The defect could be the result of a design defect, or it could be the result of a mistake made during the construction of the building. For example, a builder might fail to follow the instructions on how to properly wire the home.

One of the challenges of determining liability is that some properties change hands several times. Therefore, you'll need to track down the party who originally introduced the defect through an act of negligence so you can seek compensation from the appropriate party. You may also be able to seek compensation from a house inspector, but this is less likely since the inspector might not be negligent when missing a defect.

Types of Damages Suffered

There are several types of injuries that can result from a defective building. The building might not be wired properly and you might suffer from an electric shock, or the wires might cause a fire and you may suffer from burns.

Your property might collapse and you might suffer from a fall injury. Or, you may be leaning against a wall and it may not be sturdy enough to support your weight. The dimensions of a garage opening might not be large enough and you may crash into the low-hanging opening.

After you have become injured as a result of your defective home, you will deserve compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and the loss of normal life. You will also be entitled to compensation for any damage done to your property as a result of the defect.

Receiving Compensation for Your Injuries

Homeowners have entitlements when a property has a defect that allows for a claim to be filed after the defect is discovered. However, there might be a statute of limitations regarding how soon you will be able to file a claim. You'll want to work closely with a personal injury attorney because there may be a warranty or an implied warranty that is relevant to your case. You will want to make sure that the warranty hasn't expired. 

Talk to personal injury lawyers, such as Siben & Siben LLP, for more information.