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The state of Connecticut holds engineers to high professional performance standards. If you hire an engineer or engineering firm who fails to live up to these standards, you can hold them legally responsible for any damage caused by their negligence.
At Stanger Stanfield Law, our firm fights on behalf of those who have been damaged by engineering malpractice. No matter the underlying circumstances of your case, we can help you seek the full compensation that you deserve.
Examples of Engineering Malpractice
Engineering malpractice comes in various forms, and it can potentially lead to many types of damage. In many cases, the damage is purely financial in nature. In other cases, engineering malpractice can even result in serious injuries. Our firm handles all types of Connecticut engineering malpractice claims. Some common examples of engineering negligence include the following:
- Flaws with the blueprints or engineering plans;
- Defects with the overall design;
- Inadequate research;
- Incorrect evaluations;
- The use of unqualified personnel;
- Failure to properly supervise staff;
- Failure to conduct proper inspections;
- Failure to check for compliance with state or local building codes and regulations;
- Use of improper or inadequate materials;
- Unjustifiable delay of the project; and
- Other inefficiencies.
How to Establish Liability in a Connecticut Engineering Malpractice Case
To hold an engineer liable for your losses, you must prove that their malpractice, contributed to your financial damages. Engineering malpractice is based on the negligence standard. To establish liability in these types of claim, you will need to prove each of the following four things;
- The engineer or engineering firm owed you a professional duty of care;
- The engineer or engineering firm breached that duty of care;
- There is a causal connection between the breach (negligence) and your damages; and
- You sustained real, compensable harm as a result of the malpractice.
Act Fast to Preserve Your Legal Rights
If you were the victim of engineering malpractice, you need to take action. There are many statutes of limitations that could apply, and a lawyer can help you determine which is applicable to your case when the time period starts. Some that may apply are:
- Personal Injury: 2-3 years, depending on the circumstances;
- Product Liability: 3-10 years;
- General negligence 3 years;
In certain cases, under Section 52-584a of Connecticut’s general statutes, you must file an engineering malpractice claim within seven years of the “substantial completion” of the work in question. Of course, it can often take several years for an engineering defect to manifest itself in the first. To protect the viability of your malpractice claim, take action as soon as you discover a problem. Don’t calculate the time by which you must file suit without speaking with a lawyer.
Contact Our Connecticut Engineering Malpractice Attorneys Today
At Stanger Stanfield Law, we have handled all aspects of commercial and residential engineering malpractice claims. Did you sustain major financial damage because of an engineer’s negligence? Let us help you fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve: Call us today at (860) 956-3161 for your initial consultation. From our office in West Hartford, we represent clients throughout the region, including in Hartford County, Middlesex County and New Haven County.