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Preventing construction defect claims. A construction defect generally occurs when a construction project either fails to conform to contractual requirements or fails to comply with generally accepted principles and industry standards. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The easiest way to avoid liability for construction defect claims is by preventing them altogether. However, since prevention of a claim is not always possible, it is important that adjusters take early steps upon receipt of a new construction defect claim in order to limit liability and ensure the most efficient expenditure of defense costs.

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