How Should I Handle a Construction Dispute?

Construction disputes can be complicated and expensive, which is why it is so important to handle these types of issues correctly. There are many situations throughout the construction process where landowners, contractors, builders, suppliers, and other parties could get into disagreements. Sometimes these arguments can lead to serious disputes, some of which could require the help of an experienced construction litigation attorney. Whether or not you think your construction issue could become quite so serious, it is important that you understand the gravity of the situation, and how you can handle your dispute to avoid additional issues.

In construction, there are numerous negotiations and contracts that must take place in order to enable a build. Many parties need to be consulted and signed in to lend assistance, and more often than not, mistakes or disagreements occur. Whether the construction job is for a residential or commercial property, a new build or a remodel, disagreements are common. Construction work is often very stressful. Because of strict deadlines and back-breaking work, the workers, contractors, and managers alike can feel the pressure keenly.

Types of Construction Issues

Disagreements regarding construction jobs can occur for a variety of reasons. Sometimes tensions are high just because of the grueling work. However, more serious disputes are often caused by a particular event or issue.

Common reasons for construction disputes include:

  • Property damage
  • Failure to meet deadlines
  • Problems regarding site conditions
  • Issues with project access
  • Construction problems or defects
  • Subcontractor issues or changes
  • Warranty issues
  • Construction fraud
  • Payment issues
  • Delivery of damaged goods, or delayed deliveries

These types of construction disputes can occur between property owners, builders, contractors, developers, suppliers, and vendors. And, these issues can apply to a variety of construction disputes in residential, commercial, and industrial builds.

Potential Resolutions

If you are about to start a construction job, it is important that you stay one step ahead and prepare yourself for any potential disputes. You can do this by speaking to a construction litigation attorney and having contracts and agreements drawn up in advance so that you can set expectations down on paper. This can protect your interests and help make the job easier and less contentious later on down the road.

However, some disputes arise regardless of written documents and agreements. If you are dealing with a construction dispute, you do have options. If you believe yourself and the other party could work through the dispute yourselves, you could avoid legal involvement. However, if you need a little assistance, or if you simply wish to seek the assurance of a legal resolution, you might consider mediation. Through mediation, both parties can negotiate a resolution with the help of their respective attorneys and an unbiased third-party mediator.

If you are unable to resolve the dispute through these means, you will need to seek justice in court. Through litigation, your construction litigation lawyer can represent your case and defend your interests. Serious construction disputes can dramatically delay your build, resulting in a loss of work and potential damage to your business. Our experienced lawyers at Deans & Lyons, LLP understand what is at stake and we want to help you defend your construction case.

Contact Lyons & Simmons, LLPto get started on your construction litigation today.

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