Construction Law and Accident Litigation

Proficiency in construction law and accident litigation has long been the hallmark of the construction group at Bartlett.  Our construction litigation attorneys possess the experience necessary to serve the needs of owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, equipment suppliers, and product suppliers. Our involvement often begins with comprehensive pre-litigation claim analysis and extends through trial and appeals.  We are regularly retained in the most high profile construction matters and have made a significant contribution to the continued development of New York’s Labor Law by virtue of dozens of appellate decisions, including critical Court of Appeals’ decisions decided in favor of our insurance and construction clients.

Bartlett could not be more proud of the results that we have achieved and the reputation we have earned as construction accident trial lawyers. Whether the issue is the fundamental applicability of New York’s Labor Law or the viability of a sole proximate cause defense, Bartlett has proven time and again that we have the willingness to try even the most challenging of cases and the skill to prevail.


Our construction accident group handles everything from the catastrophic crane collapse to the more routine worksite slip and fall. Whatever the degree of complexity, our intensity at the point of attack does not vary.  From the initial notice of claim, and as needed through trial and appeals, our approach is swift and efficient.  For example, we are mindful that a failure to timely issue a proper response may expose our client to liability that they may have otherwise avoided.  We work to develop simple and dependable systems to ensure that all proper notices and coverage denials are timely issued and to facilitate the accurate and efficient identification, assertion and management of claims by and against co-defendant owners, general and subcontractors. 


We likewise know from experience that construction accident cases, particularly in New York, often devolve into a damages only trials. In such cases Bartlett offers an extremely rare and powerful combination of highly regarded Construction and Healthcare practice groups working in tandem to effectively challenge and minimize even the most complex damage claims. More specifically, our Construction GL trial team benefits from the expertise of our uniquely qualified team of medical trial lawyers together with our renowned medical professional clientele within the framework of the most challenging construction accident and other high exposure litigations. 


When we are called upon by one of our construction excess or primary carriers to assume handling of and/or try a case on short notice, even under circumstances where liability has been determined, our relationships with clients and colleagues in the medical profession enable our team to immediately identify and engage the best expert and to instantly obtain the analysis, input and opinions which will often turn a case. Simply put, for the clients of Bartlett, a “damages only” designation need not trigger a surrender.


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