Construction is a challenging industry that comes with risks. At some point in your construction career, you will be faced with a problem or two. The result will likely be a claim, and how you handled the claim matters greatly. The following are tips on what to do when disputing a claim.
Speak With Your Attorney
Countless construction professionals have made statements that have had a significant impact on their claim. So, think before you speak and consult with a construction lawyer first. An Orlando construction attorney will be able to review the facts of your situation and evaluate the legal options that may be available to you.
Contact Your Insurer
It’s important to notify your insurer as soon as possible. Alerting your agent will get the ball rolling on your claim. Instead of a delay, the insurer will begin to investigate the situation and decide the best course of action for the benefit of your company.
Compile Project Documentation
Don’t delay; compile your project documentation immediately. Unfortunately, contractors don’t realize the true value of daily reports until after a dispute happens. Nothing is more important than preparing detailed and solid documentation during the project. Hopefully, you’ve maintained consistent and accurate records. If you don’t have records to present in your case, you give the opposing party an edge in the case. If your company routinely destroys documentation over a period of time, in order to ensure pertinent documentation is preserved, send a litigation hold memo out to key personnel to ensure case-relevant documentation will not be destroyed.
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.