Construction labor makes up one of the three most dangerous occupations in the United States today; each year producing thousands of debilitating injuries and wrongful deaths. Factors that contribute to construction accidents include workers lifting loads with worn and weathered cables, working on elevated platforms without fall protection or wearing defective safety harnesses and lanyards, and/or working in trenches with improper benching and using outdated tools and equipment. Farming and manufacturing accidents, as well as the oil and gas industry, can also cause serious injury and toxic exposure.
Construction lawyers deal with all legal issues relating to the construction process from land acquisition and project financing to post-construction claims settlement. These include such matters as, building contracts, bonds and sureties, construction and builders’ liens, tendering, and construction claims, which affect all participants in the construction industry, including lender financial institutions, architects, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, builders, owners, planners, designers, developers and engineers.
Construction lawyers help you with legal issues and disputes arising from building and improvements of all sizes and complexity from basic, residential work (private projects), to large, complex projects such as: government or commercial and industrial projects, including high-rise buildings, light-rail transit systems, nuclear and fossil fuel power plants, hospitals, business office complexes, nursing homes, schools, shopping malls, historic renovations, bridge and highway construction, prisons, steel mills, continuous galvanizing lines, hydroelectric projects, sports and entertainment facilities, ships, cogeneration and alternative energy projects, development communities, and water and wastewater treatment plants.
Construction site personal injury law is not practiced nor understood by many personal injury attorneys. As a result, many personal injury construction claims are often subject to mediocre representation and minimal financial compensation due to improper legal counsel. Injured construction workers are urged to seek a construction lawyer who is knowledgeable in a variety of construction techniques and has successfully litigated numerous construction site personal injury cases.
If you are involved in a construction project, you should consult with a construction lawyer. You don’t even necessarily have to involved with a commercial construction dispute to benefit from a construction law attorney’s counsel. Any construction lawyer can help you with obvious issues like determining construction claims and disputes, litigating construction disputes in court and with competitive bidding disputes. But, you should also consider retaining a construction lawyer for drafting and negotiating contracts, legal assistance during project with contract compliance and scope of work issues, assistance with mechanical liens and other day to day issues that arise.