As an industry, construction is highly complex when it comes to matters of documentation, insurance coverage and safety. Even on a minor scale, construction projects are fraught with health risks and administrative technicalities.  Construction projects almost always involve huge costs for materials, machinery, and manpower; massive insurance coverage costs; extensive networks of designers, laborers, and contractors; and, there’s always a comparatively high threat to worker safety.  Even where regulations are meticulously followed, there are still thousands of pounds of sharp, hot, or suspended material to supervise.  In addition to all of that, there are permits to file, codes to comply with, unions to work with, and the concerns of the companies and businesspeople who commission construction.  Needless to say, the threats to falling into one of the pitfalls that result in construction-related litigation are plentiful.

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At Berkowitz Klein, we put our 25 years of experience to work to represent a wide variety of matters in construction litigation. Our attorneys handle issues pertaining to:

  • Collections
  • Insurance coverage
  • Judgment liens
  • Contracts
  • Employment Law

Collections

When it comes to construction projects, there tend to be many individuals and companies involved, such as contractors and sub-contractors.  If one party if not paid or there is a failure to perform, judgments and collections can quickly become messy and complicated.  For example, a subcontractor may fail to deliver a promised material or service, or may owe a payment.  If your company is struggling with the inability to collect on a delinquent debt, we can can help.

Insurance Coverage

Due to the potentially dangerous nature of the labor involved, the insurance requirements pertaining to construction projects can be absolutely enormous.  Unfortunately for businesses and workers, insurance companies are often resistant to paying out claims because it is not in their best financial interest.  However, at Berkowitz Klein, we hold insurance coverage companies to high ethical standards and in the event of a denial or underpayment of coverage, we are prepared to litigate aggressively to obtain the insurance coverage which your company is entitled to.

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Judgment Liens

Judgment liens can be used by businesses as a means to recover financial losses resulting from nonpayment or breach of contract from other businesses.  A judgment lien can be placed upon either the bank account or physical property of the company committing wrongful conduct as a way to secure appropriate restitution, whether that wrongful conduct constitutes breach of contract, failure to pay, or failure to supply services or goods.  But in order to file a judgment lien, a judgment must first be awarded to the company seeking damages.  Gerald Berkowitz and Robert Klein each have over 25 years of experience obtaining and enforcing judgment liens in the local courts of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Contracts

Contracts are critically important to any exchanges of goods and services between businesses — especially those as complex and multi-layered as construction contracts.  If the language of the contract is vague, unfavorable, or packed with jargon, or if the terms reflected in the contract are unable to be reasonably met, it can have long-lasting negative effects.  At Berkowitz Klein, decades of real-world experience drafting, negotiating, and enforcing construction contracts have thoroughly prepared our attorneys to help your business satisfy all of their contract needs in a way that is efficient, easy to understand, and cost-effective.

Employment Law

Ideally, employees and their employers would always enjoy the benefits of a smooth and mutually beneficial relationship.  However, sometimes disputes between employees or former employees and their employers or former employers arise.  When those disputes cannot be resolved by the parties involved and need to be explored with the help of an attorney, our attorneys are ready to step in to protect your interests.  Our attorneys represent construction companies and employers involved in employee disputes stemming from a wide variety of issues, including:

  • Employee violation of non-compete agreements
  • Allegations of wrongful termination
  • Allegations of discrimination or harassment