Our St. Petersburg construction lawyers understand today’s risky construction climate and we know that disputes are par for the course. Notwithstanding, do you know when a construction claim is worth pursuing? The purpose of this two-part article series is to help construction professionals consider various factors in their quest to resolve a dispute. There are four questions you should be asking yourself before pursuing a lawsuit.
1. Do I Really Have a Case?
To sue or not to sue, that is the question. Whether you are pursuing a claim of lien, a construction defect or negligent design, you need to know if you really have a viable case worth pursuing. For example, if you want to sue a contractor for breaching the contract, you must be able to prove they did not do what they agreed to do according to the signed contract. You will need to backup your claim by proving a contract existed, that you have upheld your obligation, and that there were variable damages due to the breach.
2. Can I Afford to Pursue This Lawsuit?
Whether you can afford to pursue a lawsuit pertains to not only money but to the resources required as well as the emotional burdens that a claim could potentially carry. If a claim were to escalate beyond mediation or arbitration, hiring a reputable St. Petersburg construction attorney to pursue a litigation will increase your expenses. Will the cost of the claim be greater than its value? A litigation can also become adversarial which means you could be risking future business with the party you are suing. Is it worth it?
Head over to part two of our article read learn about the other two questions you should think about before pursuing a lawsuit.
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.