Who can I make a faulty workmanship claim against?

PUBLISHED 11 Nov 2015

While Australia has a long and proud history of DIY, there are some tasks and jobs that everyday people can't completed to the same standard as a professional. These individuals are usually skilled, trained and qualified in their given trade and can provide high quality workmanship in an array of areas.

However, it is important to remember that these professionals can still make mistakes. Whether they are distracted on the job, use the wrong products or are doing the project in a rush, these elements could present a dangerous situation for you and your family.

In the event that poorly constructed furnishings or inadequate building structures contribute to an injury, compensation is available through the right channels. Before this point, it's critical to know who can be held responsible in a faulty workmanship claim.

Who can you claim against?

This question is quite simple to answer – the professional who undertook the faulty workmanship. Whether this was an architect, engineer, builder, developer or any other tradie, individuals are responsible for their actions.

Regardless of their profession, all tradies must adhere to specific standards and comply with safety measures. If they break these regulations and someone in your family is hurt or killed, this leaves them open to a faulty workmanship claim.

What should I do in this situation?

Of course, the first thing to do after discovering faulty workmanship is to ensure everyone is safe. If someone was injured, then making sure they have access to medical attention is vital.
Depending on the nature of the injury, various agencies such as the police may be involved. This is where your documents surrounding the project will come in handy.

You will need information detailing the specifics of the job including what products were used, how many hours were spent on the job and even how much it cost. This should all be outlined in a quote or invoice documents.

Speaking to a compensation lawyer

At Gerard Malouf & Partners, we take public liability and faulty workmanship cases very seriously. Over the last three decades, we have won tens of thousands of similar cases where a professional's poor work quality has left someone injured or worse.

Regardless of their profession or standing in the industry, we can ensure your case has the best chance of success. In addition to our expert team of compensation lawyers, we also have a myriad of medical experts, engineers and accounting experts who can add weight to the validity of your claim.

If you or a member of your family has suffered an injury due to faulty workmanship, contact us today on 1800 0054 878.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts or email your enquiry.