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Construction Injury Litigation

Construction sites are listed as one of the most dangerous places to work. With millions of accidents reported each year, injuries are often serious even catastrophic. This type of litigation is challenging and tends to involve sophisticated issues with multiple parties and complex relationships.

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin's Construction Injury Practice Group understands these complex relationships and issues. With more than three decades of experience, our diverse team of attorneys regularly defends our clients in a wide range of personal injury matters arising out of the construction process. We provide an experienced defense unique to the law for owners, general contractors, constructions managers and subcontractors of every trade.

The depth of our experience is key to our legal defense in construction injury matters. Our professionals have considerable experience and understand the law surrounding this delicate area including workers' compensation, the statutory employer doctrine and peculiar risk doctrine. Our defense approach is aimed at the early identification of key issues and is predicated on developing the earliest possible defense strategies tailored to the individual case and client. Through the use of technology and aggressive investigation, we are able to assess liability and damages early on in the case so, together with the client and insurer; we can affectively resolve the case.

Our unique strategy and team approach consists of experienced partners, associates and paralegals capable of handling the basic, as well as the highly sophisticated and complex, construction litigation matters throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Florida and New York.

We look forward to your inquiries and remain at your disposal for presentations or seminars which your company may desire.


Aug 25, 2016
Obtained summary judgment in a construction accident case filed in the New York Supreme Court, Bronx County, that had a potential seven-figure exposure. The plaintiff allegedly sustained brain and other injuries when struck by a steel stud that fell...
Sep 8, 2011
Attorneys obtained summary judgment in a case where Plaintiff, a temporary employee, was assigned to work at a distribution center. He was operating a pallet jack to disassemble racking and conveyor parts as part of the renovations at the...
Jul 18, 2011
Attorney obtained summary judgment on behalf of an engineering firm supervising bridge work on a highway interchange in . The claim was for wrongful death of a worker involved in sandblasting and repainting an existing bridge. While working in a...
May 31, 2011
Attorney successfully had our client, a soils engineering company, dismissed from the matter on the state 10 year Statute of Repose. The soil company performed soil testing services during 1997 at a shopping center construction project. The...
Mar 21, 2011
Attorneys obtained the dismissal of a third party complaint against our client pursuant to a binding arbitration clause in the construction contracts. The third party plaintiff was a gym owner who recently had remodeled their facilities. Plaintiff...
Mar 14, 2011
Attorney obtained a dismissal in a case where our client as a manufacturer and distributor of synthetic sheathing for building construction.  Our client was brought into serious litigation between an owner/developer and the general contractor on a...
Jul 19, 2010
Attorneys obtained summary judgment for a general contractor in a suit for injuries sustained on a construction site by a temporary worker. Claimant was severely injured on the job and received workers compensation benefits until it was discovered...
Nov 9, 2009
Attorneys obtained a defense jury verdict in favor of a concrete company in a county breach of contract action alleging that a foundation in a home failed to meet specifications resulting in essentially a total loss of the home and contents during a...
Sep 18, 2009
Attorneys won a bifurcated trial in a complex construction case. Plaintiffs sued our client, a large real estate developer after a fire destroyed their home. We joined all of the subcontractors who built the home. Through extensive discovery, we...
Jul 21, 2008
Attorney obtained summary judgment on behalf of a subcontractor in a wrongful death case. Plaintiff was the Estate of a deceased employee, a 40 year-old Hispanic mother of 5 and illegal immigrant. She was a drywall finisher, and she died two days...


Defense Digest Article September 4, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2018 By Colin J. O’Brien, Esq.* Key Points: Court reaffirms that OSHA violations do not establish negligence per se. OSHA regulations may establish a duty of care in a negligence suit...., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2017 by Seth A. Frankel, Esquire Key Points: The Appellate Division, First Department, narrows instances where it will find that the sole proximate cause defense to Labor Law § 240 is..., Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2017. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2013
By James P. Hanratty, Esq.* Key Points: Legal counsel can provide construction firms with vital assistance when a jobsite accident occurs. Counsel may assist in insurance, evidence preservation,..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2013
November 15, 2016
Marshall Dennehey announced today that Joseph J. Rava, a veteran of the insurance and defense litigation industries, has joined the firm's Westchester County office as a shareholder in the Casualty Department. Previously, he was regional house counsel for Harleysville/Nationwide Insurance, where he...
June 29, 2015
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has added Shareholder Dennis P. Dore, Special Counsel Jessica Lanifero and Associate Christopher D. Walsh in Jacksonville. All three attorneys join the firm’s Casualty Department and were previously with the Jacksonville office of Kelley Kronenberg. “...
Seminar May 11, 2017
Given the fast pace of today’s business world and the ever-changing world of construction growth, understanding the current state of the law with respect to construction insurance coverages is paramount for those involved in the construction...


Edward J. McGinn Jr.
Chair, Construction Injury Litigation Practice Group
(610) 354-8251

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David F. White
(610) 354-8262

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