My name is XXXXX XXXXX I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
The statute of limitations
for breach of contract
in Michigan is only six years, so to pursue a claim, you would want to act quickly.
If you can prove that the contractor did not perform the work in what is called a "workmanlike manner," then he can be held responsible for the cost of repairing the damage, which is usually significantly less than what was paid. If he is willing to do the repairs himself at no charge, he should be given that opportunity. What you would need is another contractor who can come in, look at the work, and say what it is that the contractor did wrong. There's an implied warranty
in every contract
that the work will be done correctly. If they used bad concrete, or didn't pour it right, that's something that they need to repair.
If the cost of repairing the damage is less than $3,000, you would have the option of bringing the claim in Small Claims
Court, which is designed to be more user friendly than the higher courts.
Another option might be to hire a local attorney to send a demand letter, to see if they will settle to avoid going to court. A letter is typically not that expensive, but if the company is a corporation or LLC (as many construction companies are), they'll have to hire a lawyer to defend the case, which could cost them more than what you're asking them to pay. They might wish to avoid that.
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