In the world today, companies are becoming more and more cautious about legal issues. One industry in which this is especially true is construction. There are various everyday causes of litigation in the construction world, a lot of them involve obligations that were contractually broken. If a mistake is made and the end product is not what was contractually promised, this is the perfect storm for a breach of contract lawsuit and potential litigation. Another way construction companies can find themselves caught up in the legal system is due to injuries and accidents that can happen on the job. Below are a few of the most common causes for construction litigation.
Lack of Payment
When a contractor finalizes a project and the owner does not grant them the formerly agreed upon payment, the contractor has every right to file a lawsuit for lack of payment. Also, in an industry that bases their success on word-of-mouth referrals, this kind of news can travel rapidly, and diminish reputations which could cost contractors future opportunities. These contractors will file a lien which are particularly effective, due to the fact that they are linked to the title or deed of the property.
Nobody likes when a construction job is behind schedule, and delays in construction can cause high stress levels for owners, and contractors alike. There are many variables that can be the cause of these delays such as labor, permits, and even the weather. Many of these problems are not the fault of the contractor, but can still lead to a breach of contract depending on the situation and specifications in the contract.
Quality of Construction
How well the construction was performed is vital. If it is not up to standard, the building is a potential hazard to those that enter. This is yet another situation that could lead to litigation. If the building or structure does not pass inspections, the blame is on the shoulders of the contractor. A building that has flaws needs to be fixed as soon as possible. If not, a lawsuit may be the best way to solve the problem.
If you find yourself in one of the above situations, hiring a construction litigation attorney/lawyer can save time and provide peace of mind when sifting through legal jargon and procedures. Avoid mistakes by securing legal representation with Warren S. Dank. Contact us today for a free consultation.