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What Is an Owner’s Liability for Injuries Sustained by a Subcontractor’s Employees?

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

A construction project typically involves a property owner who hires a general contractor. The general contractor, in turn, hires various subcontractors to perform specific tasks. The contractor and sub-contractors then hire and supervise their own employees on the project. As a general rule, if an individual employee is injured they cannot seek damages against… Read More »

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How Florida Law Protects Builders from “Stale” Defective Construction Claims

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

It is not uncommon for Florida builders to receive complaints from dissatisfied customers over an alleged defect in their new home. But Florida law does impose certain time limits on defective construction claims. Specifically, there is a 10-year statute of repose on any lawsuit based on the “design, planning, or construction of an improvement… Read More »

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PBC Reminder On Contractor Responsibility For Hurricane Preparedness & Florida Building Code Cited Language

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Please click here to read the recent notice from the Department of Planning, Zoning & Building in Palm Beach County.

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Bonds Used in Construction Projects

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Property owners who seek either construction of or an improvement to a structure are, obviously, required to pay for the construction project. Conversely, construction companies are entitled to receive payment for their services. To protect this relationship, many property owners require the contractors to obtain a bond for their work. Doing so acts effectively… Read More »

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Important Issues to Know about Bids

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Most construction projects begin with a request for a bid, in which contractors submit a detailed summary of the services they can provide, complete with an estimate on cost and time to completion. Bid solicitors take each submitted bid under advisement, and then award the contract to the winning bid. While, in many cases,… Read More »

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Construction Defect Detection

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Moving into a newly-constructed house is a very exciting and almost every aspect about the move-in process is typically an enjoyable experience. Further, it is usually expected that, since the house is new construction, there should be very few, if any, defects. However, in reality, this is not always the case, and construction defects… Read More »

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When Are Contractors Entitled to Disruption Damages?

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

For a contractor, commencing a construction project provides multiple rewards. In addition to collecting payment for the project, upon completion, the contractor will also have something that it can point to and say “That’s something we did” should another property owner ask. In essence, each construction project becomes a contractor’s calling card. As a… Read More »

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Proving Delay Claims

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

One of the most important, but difficult, tasks of a general contractor is to ensure that every aspect of a construction project runs on schedule. An experienced general contractor understands that the more efficient a construction project progresses, the less chance there will be for complaints by the property owner, and the greater chance… Read More »

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Building Code Violations and Contractor Liability

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Florida, like many states, maintains a Building Code. Generally, the Florida Building Code is intended to make construction across the State as uniform as possible, while also ensuring that the resulting structures are safe and usable for whatever purpose they are intended. Unfortunately, in some cases, failing to follow the Code may cause problems… Read More »

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Picking a Contractor to Repair Hurricane Damage

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

As Florida residents come to the end of another hurricane season, those who were affected have had to deal with repairing their houses, or, in some cases, rebuilding. One of the beginning steps in this process is also one of the most important – selecting a contractor. As many Floridians know, many contractors from… Read More »

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