Effectively Resolving Neighbor Disputes That Arise During Foundation Work

Construction disputes between parties involved in a construction project are often difficult and time-consuming. Construction disputes that involve owners of neighboring property can prove to be even more complicated and costly.

At the Law Offices of Michael P. Berkley, P.C., we have more than two decades of experience representing contractors and property owners in neighbor disputes involving damage caused during foundation work. We understand that the outcome of your construction dispute can greatly impact your financial interests, and we are committed to finding cost-effective and prompt resolution to your matter. We represent clients throughout all five boroughs of New York City, Long Island and New Jersey.

Call 888-512-5875 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your situation with an experienced construction lawyer.

Construction Disputes During Foundation Work

In many cases, subcontractors are hired to complete the foundation work at a site. Neither the property owner nor the general contractor has complete control of this important step of the construction process, yet major disputes can arise that put the success of a project in jeopardy. When accidents occur, these create significant problems for the contractor, property owner and neighbors. Between the steps of excavation, underpinning, caisson drilling and shoring, adjacent properties can be damaged, for example:

  • Shifts in the earth after excavation can cause adjacent properties to move or settle, resulting in cracked walls and doors and windows that can no longer open
  • Initial demolition work can damage adjacent property, whether through vibration or equipment failure

Our firm represents clients on either side of these types of construction damage disputes.

An additional problem that parties sometimes face is lack of insurance coverage for the damage. Whether or not insurance coverage is available, we will guide you through the legal process to protect your legal and financial interests.

Defending Contractors and Subcontractors

If you are a contractor involved in a neighbor dispute, contact us as soon as possible. Damages for which you are found liable can eat up all of your profits from the project. Manhattan attorney Michael Berkley will work hard to help you protect your rights and defend you against these claims. We represent contractors and subcontractors whether or not you carry liability insurance to cover the construction damage to the adjacent property.

Protecting Neighboring Property Owners

Individuals and businesses, especially in a densely populated area like New York, often have little control over whether or not their neighbors begin a construction project. Unfortunately, sometimes other people's projects can cause serious construction damage to your property. If you are a business owner, this can severely disrupt your operations - or even shut it down entirely.

If your property has been damaged as a result of a foundation or other construction work on a neighboring building or lot, we will aggressively pursue the compensation for your damage and, where appropriate, pursue claims for lost rents or the cost of building replacement.

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation

Call 888-512-5875 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced construction lawyer. Our phone is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For your convenience, evening and weekend appointments, as well as construction site visits, are available.