Whether the project is commercial, residential, public, or private, the construction industry is widely known as a dangerous industry. As St. Petersburg construction lawyers, we understand the hazards contractors face as they suit up for work every day. We’ll get to the bottom of why contractors are sued and how they can avoid litigation. Read parts two and three to learn more.
Why Are Contractors Sued?
When working on a project, contractors deal with many people—all of which can sue the contractor. Contractors can be sued by owners, subcontractors, suppliers, laborers, and various other professionals.
With high-risk activities such as falling from heights to being struck by malfunctioning equipment, workers are at constantly at risk. Further, contractors find themselves in the midst of lawsuits due to defects and breach of contracts, just to name a few. Additionally, contractors can find themselves in the midst of employment-related battles. No wonder contractors find themselves vulnerable to lawsuits. If a party has just cause, they can bring a claim against you. Can you defend yourself against the claims?
How to Handle Disputes
Lawsuits are difficult both emotionally and financially. Lawyers are an afterthought for some—after the damage is already done—but it’s a good idea to hire a St. Petersburg construction attorney for expert counsel to help you avoid some of the most common legal issues contractors face.
Litigation is the last resort for handling disputes so always explore other ways to iron out disagreements. Other ways of settling issues are through a mediation, binding arbitration, and small claims court. You can add a clause for either into your contract that outlines how disputes will be handled when or if they arise.
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.