Saturday, May 12th, 2012
A group of homeowners in Indian Wells, California retained Ward & Hagen when it became evident that the foundations of several of their homes were cracking and shifting. Ward & Hagen hired geotechnical forensic experts to diagnose the cause of the problems, both in the soil compaction and the method of concrete installation. A cost to repair was established and after two years of litigation, a confidential settlement was reached. Ward & Hagen continues to represent homeowners who face construction defects of all kinds throughout California.
Friday, October 1st, 2010
Attorneys at Ward & Hagen represented a family in Encinitas whose newly constructed single-family home was showing significant damage from soils movement. The family attempted to have the builder assess and fix the problem, but only saw delays as the damage to their home became more apparent. The builder and subcontractors were responsible for the rough grading of the half acre lot and expert testing showed the soils around the home were moving and would continue to do so for an indefinite period of time. A global settlement was reached for over $837,000 representing cost of repairs for extensive work to re-level the slab and foundations and to stabilize the underlying soils as well as to compensate the homeowners for loss of use of the home during the period of repairs.
Monday, February 4th, 2008
Attorneys at Ward & Hagen represented the owners of 32 single-family homes in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego. The homes were experiencing water intrusion through the doors and windows, moisture intrusion through some concrete foundations, extensive stucco cracking and many other peripheral defects. The litigation ensued for over two years, until defendants and cross-defendants agreed to a global settlement on the day of trial. The total settlement was over $1.6 million dollars, resulting in a gross amount of around $50,000 per home.