Fort Lauderdale Construction Lawyer
The construction industry continues to remain strong and grow in South Florida. Construction starts are up year after year, not only in residential projects but industrial and retail as well. As new permits are granted, construction firms are adding tens of thousands of jobs annually in the tri-county area, where the construction industry is worth over $10 billion.
Construction projects are complex undertakings that require a thorough attention to detail, extensive planning, and a sensitivity to the countless legal issues involved. Local, state and federal laws all impact construction projects in various ways, so it is important to have an experienced Fort Lauderdale construction lawyer when dealing with South Florida construction projects. At Sweeney Law, P.A., we have a thorough understanding of all aspects and all levels of construction law and can help you with your construction legal needs, whether you are a property owner, developer, contractor, subcontractor or other party involved in a construction project in Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade County.
Comprehensive South Florida Construction Law Legal Help
Sweeney Law, P.A. provides legal advice and representation in every needed aspect of construction law, including all of the following:
Contracts & Subcontracts – As an experienced business and commercial lawyer, attorney Brendan Sweeney can represent you in negotiating, drafting or reviewing your construction contract and related contract documents. Agreements are often one-sided in favor of the party perceived to have more power. We make sure that you are treated fairly and that the contract clearly spells out rights and responsibilities, so that you get the benefit of your bargain.
Hiring and Safety Regulations – Worker safety in Florida is regulated by OSHA at the federal level, but there are also numerous Florida labor laws that come into play when hiring and maintaining a construction workforce. Sweeney Law can advise you and draft agreements that keep you in compliance with state and federal laws, ensuring you have taken the proper steps to protect worker rights and safety.
Florida Construction Lien Law – Contractors and subcontractors in Florida have a right to enforce a claim for payment by placing a lien on the property. Construction contracts need to be carefully drafted to address this complex issue. Sweeney Law, P.A. represents property owners, contractors and subcontractors in matters dealing with construction liens, as well as delay claims and the enforcement of payment bonds and performance bonds.
Construction Defects – Defective construction may be evident immediately at the conclusion of a construction project, or it may take years to show up, depending upon whether the defects are patent (obvious) or latent (dormant, hidden). Knowing whether a construction defect is due to design defects, the choice of materials, shoddy workmanship, or issues regarding drainage or the settling of soil requires intensive investigation and skill. With years of experience representing contractors, subcontractors and property owners in all aspects of construction defect and construction contract warranty claims, Sweeney Law, P.A. is knowledgeable in the unique legal process surrounding construction defect litigation in Florida, such as the requirement for a pre-suit notice of claim under Florida Statutes Chapter 558.
Construction Accidents – Construction is one of the most vital – and most dangerous – occupations. Owners, developers and contractors have a duty to provide workers with the proper safety gear and equipment in good working order, and they can be held liable for on-the-job accidents that occur. Sweeney Law helps clients understands their rights and obligations under Florida workers’ compensation law and third-party liability for ladder falls, scaffold collapses, forklift and crane accidents, trenching & excavation accidents, and other types of serious construction accident.
Other Construction Law Matters – Our comprehensive Florida construction law practice addresses matters of licensing, insurance, bidding and procurement, and the myriad other legal issues which can arise in the course of a construction project.
Navigate the Complex World of Florida Construction Projects with an Experienced and Successful Fort Lauderdale Construction Lawyer
For help with a bond claim, construction lien, or any aspect of Florida construction law in the tri-county area, contact Sweeney Law, P.A. at 954-440-3993 to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable, skilled and experienced Fort Lauderdale construction lawyer.