So much can happen during the course of a construction project. With workers of varying skill levels, expensive equipment and materials, and a great deal of expectations involved, conflicts are hard to avoid. What owners and contractors do when claims arise often defines the ease with which projects move to completion.
Disagreements involving construction are likely to happen. However, they don’t all have to lead to claims. Below are three common construction claims. These claims are seen often on construction sites and are as detrimental to the progress of these projects as they are avoidable. It’s important to note that the damage construction claims cause can be minimized with the help of an Orlando construction lawyer. They can help put measures in place, including processes such as alternate dispute resolution, that can keep things moving on the job site.
Delay claims are caused when the action or inaction of one party causes the construction process to be impeded or stopped. Both contractors and owners can cause delays in the construction process. Owners can delay construction by not obtaining the proper permits, not providing access to job sites or requesting a high volume of change orders. Contractors can delay projects by not ordering materials in a timely manner or inadequately staffing a project.
Differing Site Conditions
When initial construction plans are made, the condition of the grounds (including subsurface) that the structure will be built on must be taken into account. When conditions such as rocks, mud or water are found that weren’t initially reported, a differing site conditions claim may be made. The difference in reported and actual site conditions may be due in part to a site owner not reporting the condition or the condition being atypical for the area.
Failure to Schedule or Coordinate
If a general contractor fails to organize the various components of the construction process in a way that allows for proper workflow a failure to schedule or coordinate claim can be made. With a large number of subcontractors responsible for various aspects of construction, an accurate schedule is critical to ensure that time and funds are not wasted.
While measures can be put in place to avoid a claim being made, they still happen occasionally. When they do, our Orlando construction lawyers can provide you with needed representation.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.