Category Archives: Construction Litigation

Attorneys for construction litigation claims involving poor or defective construction, garage or building collapses involving injury and wrongful death.

Was Your Home Built with Defective Stucco?

When defective Chinese drywall was ruining homes and people’s lives, the product liability attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson were there to help the victims. We helped recover damages for multiple families, and since then we’ve kept an eye on house construction defects so you can be informed. Now, a new defect is starting to emerge, and South Florida needs to be alerted. Was Your Home Built with Defective Stucco? Residents in a South Florida community are just starting to learn that their homes may be defective. As it turns out, a type of stucco used by the home builder, Beazer Homes, doesn’t stand the test of time. This stucco allows water to gather underneath windows and walls. This water can seep into and rot away wooden house framing and cause serious damage. The defect was discovered many years ago by Beazer. According to NBC 2 out of Fort Myers, the…
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Danger 100 Stories Up: What Caused A Fatal Construction Accident In Miami?

It was the afternoon of Wednesday December 2nd in Biscayne Beach, and for workers at a local condominium project, the day might have seemed like any other. However, on the 37th floor of that condo project something went horribly wrong, and now authorities are trying to figure out how a man lost his life while on the job. What Caused A Fatal Construction Accident In Miami? Workers were going about their business on the 37th floor of the Biscayne Beach Condos when a piece of equipment broke loose from a crane. A 29-year-old worker was struck by that equipment, and his coworkers rushed to his aid. Unfortunately, they were not able to save their friend. Miami Fire Rescue arrived on the scene only to discover that the rescue operation was now a recovery mission. Special crews had to be called in because the building’s elevator and stairs couldn’t be used,…
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Construction Defect Class Action Lawsuit Filed Alleging a National Cover-up of Pipe Defects in Condo Fire Sprinkler Systems

High Rise Buildings Developed Between 2004 and 2009 Primarily at Risk CORAL GABLES, FL. (December 4, 2015) — Attorney Patrick S. Montoya, partner at Colson Hicks Eidson, and Stuart Sobel partner at Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De la Torre, Mars & Sobel, along with Of Counsel Alton C. Hale, Jr., have filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Miami on behalf of two Miami condominium associations concerning defective fire sprinkler systems and a national cover up over a significant life safety issue in multi-unit condominiums in Florida and across the country. Montoya, Hale and Sobel believe that the problem is nationwide and that monetary damages arising from the claims will exceed one billion dollars. The 56-count lawsuit filed against a dozen manufacturers, suppliers and distributors seeks compensatory, incidental and consequential damages. According to the Complaint, fire sprinkler systems containing CPVC (Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride) pipes are incompatible with an…
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The Dangers Of Working With Electricity

A man was sent to the Broward Health Medical Center in May after surviving an electrocution. The man was a worker for Coral Gables’ MasTec, a construction company contracted by the Florida Power & Light Company, and sustained serious burns after being exposed to live wires. A spokesman for the nearby Coral Ridge Country Club said that an office building lost power for a moment but, “the work was not being done on behalf of the country club.” A representative of MasTec reported that the accident victim was able to walk and talk after the ordeal. This good news is not often the case when dealing with electrocutions. Electrical workers suffer the highest amount of electricity-related fatalities every year, and though this statistic may not be surprising, the number of those fatalities is. One electrical worker dies almost every day, and 30,000 non-fatal electrical accidents occur every year. Since demand…
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Rescue Canines Trained For Building Collapses

Buildings collapse for many reasons: earthquakes, severe storms, construction accidents. However, the members of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department’s Florida Task Force One are constantly vigilant. Their job is to increase the chances of survival for victims of structural collapses by finding those victims as quickly as possible. To fulfill this duty, the taskforce has many tools, like the ultra-sensitive Delsar listening devices and specialized SearchCam equipment, but one of their greatest tools has to be their rescue canine companions. The taskforce recently set up a training demonstration where they got to practice their skills and the skills of their furry friends. The pooches went around sniffing for signs of life, and once found, the dogs signaled their handlers who immediately went to work setting up their equipment. Task Force One has seen action from a college parking garage collapse to an earthquake ravaged Haiti in 2010. They have 200 team…
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Could a Construction Site Accident Spill Onto My Property?

In early November, a beam from a construction site crashed onto a restaurant next door to it and nearly hit a few diners while they were eating breakfast. According to WESH-TV, just before 11 a.m. on a Sunday, a 100-foot long steel sheet piling fell onto Grills Tiki Bar in Port Canaveral, Florida. Reportedly, customers who were eating breakfast were within mere feet of being hit by the steel beam, which could have resulted in severe injury or even death. The piling fell from a construction site next to Grills where a Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise ship terminal is being built. Fortunately, no one was injured as a result of the incident. Although, the beam caused damage to the restaurant’s upper-level bathroom. According to the report, the construction manager apologized to the owner of Grills after the incident and claimed “wind and some communication issues were” factors in causing…
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