Myrtle Beach, SC asked in Construction Law and Civil Litigation for South Carolina

Q: My concrete driveway is three years old and is crumbling and is getting holes all over it.

Do I need a lawyer or should I go to the magistrate for civil action thank you

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: Deciding whether to involve a lawyer or go to the magistrate for civil action regarding your crumbling concrete driveway depends on several factors. First, check if you have a written contract with the contractor and review the warranty terms. If the warranty is still valid (covering three years) and the contractor is cooperative, contacting them for repairs might be the quickest solution. Assess the severity of the damage – significant issues might warrant legal action, while minor cosmetic imperfections might not. Consider the estimated cost of repairs; for larger expenses, legal action may be necessary.

For minor issues, you might negotiate yourself or accept the imperfections. Keep in mind that pursuing legal action through the magistrate court has limitations on the recoverable amount, which may not be suitable for significant repair costs.

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