Construction law is one of our specialties here at Von Esch Law Group. Here is a high level view of some of the services we offer in that area.

What is a Mechanics Lien?

While the term “mechanics lien” may sound like something more related to a car shop, it actually refers to a legal document in the construction world. It’s filed by people or organizations who are seeking compensation from an employer that didn’t pay them. These liens are commonly filed by construction suppliers, contractors or subcontractors.

For example, let’s pretend a small office building was being built. The electrical subcontractor did their job but the general contractor chose not to pay them. In that case, they can file a mechanic’s lien to get their money.

Again, this goes for suppliers as well. Construction projects require a lot of supplies, and the company providing those materials can file a lien if they aren’t paid.

What are Delay Damages?

Time is money, right? Delay damages embraces that concept since delays in a construction project can cost people a lot of money.

Within the delay damage “umbrella” can fit a number of different types of costs. For example, idle labor and equipment costs are those incurred by someone who can’t do their job because of a delay.

Another example is called extended field overhead. These are the costs that support work at a site and can be tied directly to the project. Field offices cost money to rent, right? That can be included in extended field overhead. So can the costs of field staff vehicles, utilities and salaries.

Essentially, delay damage cases exist to help recompense for someone getting their job too slowly, which holds up other parties and costs them money.

What is a Breach of Construction Agreement Claims?

This one is fairly straightforward. You sign contracts for work. If a party breaches that contract, a breach of construction agreement claim can be filed.

Note that sometimes more than one party breaches the agreement, so both sides can file a claim against the other.

Construction Contract Preparation and Reviews

This is a service we offer to help you put the contract together. We make sure the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. We look for potential loopholes the other party may be able to exploit and make sure the contract would hold up in court.

What is Construction Law Litigation?

Litigation means someone is taking legal action against another party. By providing litigation services, we’re supporting you in court for a construction law case.

What is a Construction Defect Claim?

A construction defect claim is when part of a construction project fails a standard. Usually there is one of two standards involved.

  1. The project failed what was contractually agreed upon at the start.
  2. The project didn’t comply with the generally accepted standards and principles of that industry.


Do you need help with any of these areas of construction law, or even something else like a bodily injury case? Maybe you just need some general counsel on a construction project? Give us a call at 714.456.9118 and we’ll see what we can do.

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