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January 18, 2024

How Long Do Construction Lawsuit Settlements Take?

At Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., we often encounter clients eager to understand the timeline of their construction lawsuit settlements. Given the complexities of construction accident cases in New York City, it's a question with no one-size-fits-all answer. In this blog, we'll shed light on the factors influencing the duration of construction lawsuit settlements and what you can expect during the process.

What Are Construction Accident Lawsuits?

At Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., we specialize in assisting clients navigate the complexities of construction accident lawsuits. These legal actions are essential for individuals who have suffered injuries on construction sites. This blog aims to explain what construction accident lawsuits are, their importance, and how they operate within the legal framework.

A construction accident lawsuit is a legal claim filed by an individual who has suffered injuries due to an accident on a construction site. The primary purpose of these lawsuits is to seek compensation for the injured party, covering medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages related to the accident.

Legal Basis

Construction accident lawsuits typically arise from claims of negligence or failure to comply with statutory requirements. Negligence in a construction context can involve unsafe working conditions, failure to adhere to safety protocols, defective equipment, or inadequate training and supervision. The legal basis for these claims often revolves around proving that the responsible parties failed to maintain a safe work environment.

Key Components of a Construction Accident Lawsuit

Identifying Responsible Parties

Determining liability is a critical aspect of construction accident lawsuits. Responsible parties could include construction site owners, contractors, equipment manufacturers, or other entities involved in the construction process.

Proving Negligence

To succeed in a construction accident lawsuit, the plaintiff must demonstrate that negligence occurred. This involves showing that the responsible party had a duty to maintain safety, breached that duty, and that this breach directly caused the injuries. Also, the failure to comply with certain statutory requirements (such as Labor Law §240) may result in liability.

What Are Lawsuit Settlements?

Lawsuit settlements are agreements in legal disputes where the parties involved decide to resolve the matter out of court. Typically, in these agreements, the defendant agrees to pay the plaintiff a specified sum of money, and in return, the plaintiff agrees to drop the lawsuit and not pursue any further legal action related to the claim. Settlements are often reached through negotiations and can be an efficient way to conclude a legal dispute without the need for a trial. They provide a way for parties to control the outcome and avoid the uncertainties and expenses associated with court proceedings. Although it is common to refer to such agreements as “out of court” settlements, settlements can occur before, during or after a trial or other court proceedings.

How Long Do Construction Lawsuit Settlements Take?

At Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., we understand that time is a crucial concern for clients involved in construction accident lawsuits. These cases, particularly in New York City, can vary significantly in duration. This expanded guide provides a deeper insight into what affects the timeline of a construction lawsuit settlement and how the process unfolds.

Individual Case Factors

The timeline of each case is influenced by its unique factors:

  • Severity of Injuries: More severe injuries often require extensive medical analysis and can lead to longer negotiations for appropriate compensation.
  • Complexity of the Case: Cases involving multiple liable parties, intricate legal issues, or disputed facts tend to take longer to resolve.
  • Quality and Availability of Evidence: The clarity and readiness of evidence available can affect the timeline.

Legal Process

Understanding each stage of the legal process helps in appreciating the time involved:

  • Case Preparation and Filing: In-depth investigation and gathering of evidence, followed by the formal filing of the lawsuit.
  • Discovery Phase: This involves the exchange of evidence and information between both parties. It can be lengthy, depending on the volume and complexity of the data involved.
  • Negotiation and Mediation: Efforts to settle the case “outside of court” occur during this phase. The duration depends on the willingness of both parties to reach an agreement.
  • Trial: If a settlement isn’t reached, the case proceeds to trial. The length of a trial varies based on court schedules, the complexity of the case, and the duration of the deliberation process.
  • Settlement Finalization and Payout: Once a settlement is agreed upon, the administrative process of finalizing the settlement and disbursing the funds can take additional time.

At Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C. we recognize that our ability to push our adversary to offer a reasonable settlement often depends on our ability to convince them that we will be successful if the case has to proceed to trial. Therefore, it is important for us to prepare all of our cases as if they were going to trial. That allows us to be confident in the eventual outcome and to negotiate from a position of strength.

Influencing Factors and Their Impact

  • Client Responsiveness: The speed at which a client can provide necessary information and make decisions can affect the timeline.
  • Legal and Judicial Scheduling: Court schedules, personal injury attorney availability, and procedural requirements can introduce delays outside of the control of the parties involved.
  • Opposing Party's Strategy: The defense strategy, including possible delays or extensive counterarguments, can prolong the process.
  • Insurance Company Policies: Insurance companies have their procedures and timelines, which can impact the duration of settlement negotiations.

Although there are factors beyond our control that can delay the timeline for a case, we try our best to move our cases forward as soon as we can reasonably do so.

Managing Expectations and Staying Informed

At Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., we strive to keep our clients well-informed and involved throughout the process. Regular updates and clear communication help manage expectations and provide a sense of the timeline specific to each case.

How a Construction Accident Injury Lawyer Can Help You

Construction Lawsuit Settlements

At Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., we specialize in representing individuals who have been injured in construction accidents. Navigating the aftermath of such an incident can be overwhelming, but a knowledgeable construction accident injury lawyer can be your advocate and guide. Here's how our legal experience can be pivotal in your journey toward recovery and justice.

Understanding Complex Laws and Regulations

Construction law in New York is complex, with specific statutes and regulations. Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of these laws, including the New York Labor Law sections 240 and 241, which are crucial in construction injury cases. This experience is essential for navigating legal intricacies and building a strong personal injury lawsuit.

Identifying Liability

In construction accidents, multiple parties might be liable, including contractors, subcontractors, property owners, and equipment manufacturers. We have the experience to investigate the accident, identify all potentially liable parties, and determine the best legal strategy to hold them accountable.

Maximizing Compensation

Our team assesses the full scope of your injuries and other losses. This includes not only immediate medical expenses but also long-term rehabilitation costs, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering. We strive to ensure that the compensation sought reflects the true extent of your damages.

Negotiating with Insurance Companies

Dealing with insurance companies can be challenging. They generally aim to minimize payouts. Our lawyers have the negotiation skills to deal with these companies effectively, ensuring you receive a fair settlement that truly addresses your needs. By preparing your case thoroughly, we are in a better position to negotiate from strength.

Courtroom Representation

If your case goes to trial, having a skilled personal injury lawyer is crucial. We represent your interests in court, presenting your case effectively to try to ensure the best possible outcome.

Streamlining the Legal Proceedings

From filing your personal injury claim to negotiating settlements or representing you in court, we handle all the legal aspects, allowing you to focus on your recovery.

Keeping You Informed

We believe in keeping our clients informed and involved in every step of the process. Regular updates and clear communication ensure that you’re always aware of where your case stands.

Contact Us Today

Hiring a construction accident injury lawyer from Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C. means you have a dedicated team committed to your cause. Our expertise in New York construction law, combined with our commitment to our clients, ensures that your rights are protected and your needs are met. Contact us to discuss your case and find out how we can help you navigate your path to recovery and justice.


What is a construction lawsuit settlement?

A construction lawsuit settlement is a legal agreement where the parties in a construction accident lawsuit agree to resolve the case without going to trial. This usually involves the defendant (or their insurance company) agreeing to pay the plaintiff a certain amount of money in exchange for dropping the lawsuit.

How long does it take to reach a settlement in a construction lawsuit?

The time it takes to reach a settlement in a construction lawsuit can vary widely. Factors that impact the timeline include the complexity of the case, the severity of injuries, the number of parties involved, and the willingness of both sides to negotiate. Settlements can take anywhere from a few months to several years.

How is the amount of a settlement determined?

The settlement amount is determined by several factors, including the severity of the injury, the impact on the victim’s life and work, medical expenses, lost wages, future medical care, and other related costs. Pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages in some cases, are also considered. Of course, it is also necessary to prove that the other side is responsible for your injuries.

Do I have to accept a settlement offer?

No, you are not obligated to accept a settlement offer. Your attorney will provide guidance on whether the offer is fair and in your best interest based on the specifics of your case. If you do not accept the offer, your case may proceed to trial.

What happens if my case goes to trial?

If your case goes to trial, it will usually be heard and decided by a judge and jury. This process can be lengthy and involves presenting evidence, witness testimony, and legal arguments. The decision at trial may result in a judgment that is higher or lower than the settlement offer, or you may not receive compensation.

Can I reopen a case after accepting a settlement?

Generally, once a settlement is accepted and the legal documents are signed, you cannot reopen the case. Settlement agreements typically require plaintiffs to waive their right to pursue further legal action on the matter.

Is a settlement taxable?

In general, economic (e.g. lost earnings and medical expenses) and non-economic (e.g. pain and suffering) damages for physical injuries are not taxable. Punitive damages may be taxable but they are not generally included in a settlement; instead, punitive damages are awarded in exceptional cases at trial.

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