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Ok, you likely have a case that includes several causes of action:
1. Breach of contract - You agreed to purchase timber that was going to be structurally sound. The fact that it was not structurally sound means that the manufacturer did not perform their agreement as they had originally agreed to.
2. You could also sue for having a defective product.
Did you happen to suffer any physical or property injury as a result of the product at all?
I understand. The breach of contract action is one that you should definitely pursue. The product liability one is one that you could pursue, but your results may not be as good. For your information, product liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for placing a defective product into the hands of a consumer. Responsibility for a product defect that causes injury (even property injury) lies with all sellers of the product who are in the distribution chain. In general terms, the law requires that a product meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer. When a product has an unexpected defect or danger, the product cannot be said to meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer. The fact that the this product caused the floor to cave in and the ceiling to buckle suggests that you have case you should pursue. This manufacturing/design defect is such that you should seek an attorney to help you through this ASAP.
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You may want to speak with a personal injury attorney (click here) to help you out. You can explain to them what happened and chances are they will work to get you a settlement to help you repair the area and also compensate you as well. Oftentimes, they work on a contingency basis, meaning that they will only take a fee if they win.
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