Expert Witness Service For Construction Lawsuits in New Jersey

If you’ve found this page, you’re likely not casually browsing the web for something to do.  You are probably here because you’re having problems with your home building or remodeling contractor and the work that has (or hasn’t been) completed on your home.  If you are at the stage where you are looking for an expert witness then it’s probably escalated beyond the point of remediation.  We can help.

DMB Construction is a local general contracting company owned by Mr. David. M. Bekus.  Mr. Bekus is a licensed building inspector (RCS, ICS and HHS) and he has built many single family and town homes throughout New Jersey.  With a certification in project management, construction methods, cost estimating and construction safety he has extensive experience and knowledge of the building trades. Mr. Bekus has over 40 years in the Construction industry.

We have many years of experience helping homeowners with the complicated mess a contractor can leave behind.  Below are some of short descriptions of some of the projects we have worked on as an expert witness in construction.

Dave Bekus has built his expert witness practice on extensive practical construction experience, clear and extensive reports, integrity and honesty.  A few guiding principles have helped to make DM Bekus a go to expert on construction issues:

  • Reports will make clear the alleged defects, concerns and costs to a lay reader and opposing party.  Well written and convincing reports are instrumental in settlements, and if the case should go to court, a believable and honest expert is imperative.
  • Though many experts may use a throw it at the wall and see what sticks strategy and many experts give an opinion without substantiating it- DM Bekus works hard to substantiate every opinion and make it fact. This is done by citing building codes, manufacturer’s instructions, industry standards, normal levels of care, examples of correct procedures- all to produce a report that meets the duty to the court of honest and impartial information.

Construction Projects Mr. David. M. Bekus Was An Expert Witness For:

Location:  NJ Shore

A midsize home builder sold a home that was previously flooded by damage caused by vandals. Upon the sale of the new home the builder allegedly did not disclose the damage and its extent to the buyers. DM Bekus was retained to document the damage to the home, describe proper procedures to prevent future mold growth and proper repairs, and provide expert opinion on the condition of the home. A cost estimate for repairs was provided along with discussion of the reduced value of the home due to the flooding.

Location:  Multiple in NJ

A home owner hires a contractor, often a contractor with a good track record, and the work is substandard. The relationship between the home owner and the contractor sours and then the homeowner is seeking compensation for needed repairs or completion. DM Bekus provides expert opinion, using well illustrated reports and citing the building code, manufacturer’s instructions and often the contractors own contract to document errors and deficiencies, not following manufactures instructions and workmanship not up to industry standards.   Roofs, framing, ceramic tile, basements, sheetrock and concrete work are all common areas were errors are made. In most cases, a review of the contractors Home improvement license is done and any omissions and violations are flagged for attorney review. 

Location: Mountain lakes NJ

A million-dollar + home allegedly had the cultured stone installed incorrectly, some stones had fallen off, and the home owner became concerned. By documenting the installation practices and then using the building code and specific manufactures instructions the expert report clearly showed substandard installation practices and that the stone would have to be removed in its entirety and replaced.

Location: NJ Shore

A high-end townhome development did not receive adequate funds from a large insurance company for damages from Super Storm Sandy. DM Bekus documented extensive damage to siding and windows to bolster the Associations case in mediation for additional insurance payments.

Location:  Washington DC

A legal assistant was working at her desk, when a large cabinet fell off the wall and struck her, resulting in serious personal injury. DM Bekus documented the improper installation which breached the applicable standards of care.

Location: Gladwyne PA

A large residential kitchen exhaust hood was field modified and during operation a portion fell off and struck the homeowner. DM Bekus was retained by the HVAC contractor’s attorney to provide expert opinion concerning the contractor’s culpability as he had only installed the duct work, prior to the installation of the hood, and the subsequent field modifications. The HVAC contractor was removed from the lawsuit. 

Location:  Cape May NJ

After a lightning strike set fire to a home were CSST piping (flexible gas pipe) was used. DM Bekus gave expert opinion on the relationship and responsibilities of the builder of the home and culpability of all parties involved.

Location: Hamilton NJ

A homeowner contracted with Lowes to replace a kitchen and was not happy with the outcome. Both Lowes and the homeowner (and their attorneys) agreed to use an expert report by DM Bekus to ascertain what should be replaced, repaired or was acceptable.  DM Bekus used the New Home Performance Guide lines, industry standards and over 35 years of experience to help create an equitable outcome.

Location: Tinton Falls NJ

DM Bekus was retained by attorneys for an upscale town home development to review and opine on a previous Engineers report with issues on the installation of the roof and pavers. After a site visit and investigation, it was determined that systematic errors occurred in the roof installation of all units. Specifically: improper ice dam installation, improper roof/wall transitions, improper (and lack of) valley flashing.

The paver installation errors were found to be indicative of improper sub base preparation and compaction, improper pitching of pavers for drainage, unsafe transitions at curbs and concrete walks.

If you feel our services would be beneficial for your case please contact us.  Whether you are a homeowner or an attorney representing a homeowner we are happy to work with you on your case.

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