$19 Million Judgment against the Government of Aruba

Partner Roberto Martínez and his team settled a case for $19 million. Our client, racecar promotor Ralph Sanchez, sued the Aruban government for issues involving the construction of a racetrack that was never completed.

Being the victim of investment fraud can be a very painful experience. However, the odds of being a victim are much lower than they would otherwise be if you know how to spot signs indicating someone may be committing a form of investment fraud. Signs to be on the lookout for include the following:

⦁ Claims that an investment has virtually no risk attached to it
⦁ Refusal to thoroughly or clearly answer questions about an investment opportunity
⦁ High-pressure sales tactics, such as suggesting you have a very limited amount of time to take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
⦁ Claims that someone has insider knowledge of an investment opportunity and that you should act on it before this knowledge becomes more widespread

It can be very tempting to jump into action when presented with an alleged opportunity to make a lot of money easily with an investment. However, it’s always important to research investment opportunities thoroughly and monitor sales tactics for signs of a fraudster. An opportunity that sounds too good to be true often isn’t.


Construction-related claims often involve many different areas of law. These may include negligence, products liability, workers’ compensation, contract, and real estate law. Our construction attorneys understand the issues and complexities surrounding major building projects. Improper construction, faulty machinery, lax supervision, code violations, or less-than-adequate building standards can result in severe and widespread consequences.

With in-depth knowledge of local regulations and legislation, our firm has many years of experience handling a range of disputes. These disputes include liability, breach of real estate purchase and sales contracts, post-hurricane repairs and rebuilding, land use and zoning litigation, environmental disputes as well as complicated corporate financing of mixed-use real estate developments.


We have represented individuals, homeowner associations, developers, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors and manufacturers, property owners and tenants, as well as insurers of real estate and structures.

  • Defective Construction: Faulty equipment or pieces of machinery in disrepair can then lead to dangerous and deadly situations. Our product liability team has years of experience holding negligent manufacturers accountable.
  • Garage Collapse: Our attorneys have represented victims of collapsed garages. This includes a man killed on Miami Dade College’s Doral campus.
  • Wrongful Death from Construction Accidents: Our firm has years of experience parsing through the web of contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers and municipal bodies that attempt to blame each other for fatal construction accidents. Your deceased loved one deserves justice, and we have a history of achieving results.


Construction accident injuries caused by defects are often severe. It is not unusual to see traumatic brain damage, loss of limbs, paralysis, and other catastrophic injuries. If your injuries are critical, you may be dealing with the impact for years to come.

With that in mind, it is important that your attorney be able to take your current and future outlook into account when calculating the value of your construction accident claim. Some of the economic and non-economic damages you could recover if you win your case include:

  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Lost future earnings and benefits
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of household services
  • Loss of consortium
  • Inconvenience
  • Damage to your reputation
  • Hospital bills
  • Other medical expenses and equipment costs
  • Punitive damages

Find out how much your construction defect litigation claim could be worth when you contact our office to discuss the specific details of your case.


When you have suffered serious injuries in a construction accident caused by defective construction, you need to act quickly. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is four years in the state of Florida. While this may seem like plenty of time to pursue your claim, the more time your construction accident lawyer has to build your case, the better.

Depending on when your accident or injuries occurred, the time you have left to file your claim may be limited. Your attorney needs to be able to investigate, gather evidence, speak with experts, and build your case against the at-fault party if you hope to win.

Filing your claim before the statute of limitations expires is essential. If your lawsuit is not filed before the statute of limitations runs out, the court will have no choice but to dismiss your case. This means you will have lost your chance to be awarded compensation in civil court

Get a reputable construction-defect litigation lawyer who will not let the statute of limitations risk your injury settlement.


When you have suffered critical injuries in a construction accident, you may be hesitant to pursue legal action. Get a dedicated construction accident defects litigation lawyer at Colson Hicks Eidson on your side to handle the legalities of your case.

Learn more about our qualifications or experience when you contact our firm. Fill out our convenient contact form or call our office at 305-476-7400 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.

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