Construction jobs are complex projects with many involved parties, each with their own opinion. Between suppliers, manufacturers, city officials, property owners, contractors and subcontractors, all these diverse perspectives must find a way to finish the project.
Along the way, these different viewpoints will likely conflict, potentially leading to a legal dispute. Veteran project managers understand the most common construction disputes and how to avoid them.
5 most common causes of construction litigation
Many unforeseen problems can arise during construction. Geographic dangers can compromise blueprints or expectations, causing professionals to shift focus mid-project to account for the new information. Some contractors may work for the entire project or only a day, creating opportunities for contract errors. Experienced construction firm managers try to stay ahead of the most common construction disputes:
- Contract errors: Most disputes stem from a poorly worded or insufficiently vetted contract. Subcontractors may fail to uphold their end of an employment contract, foremen may fail to provide contracted benefits, or a finished project may not meet the standards of the original contract.
- Changing site conditions: Most projects require extensive research into the land type and its inherent risks. Though most professionals can assess potential issues before breaking ground, many contractors find environmental surprises that may slow, halt or require an entirely new approach.
- Delays: Few construction projects finish within the proposed time frame. Projects encounter a wide array of variables that impact time, including weather, labor strikes, government regulations, war, etc. Comprehensive contracts will cover most of these hypothetical situations.
- Construction quality: Many disputes revolve around debating the quality of the construction. Whether the contractors used an inferior method or failed to follow the instructions, many disputes stem from a perceived lack of quality.
- Material quality: Some contract disputes occur between the contractors and their suppliers. Disputes over deficiencies in raw materials, parts or rented equipment are quite common.
Comprehensive contracts can account for these variables
Experienced project managers know the importance of an airtight contract with appropriate causes. Those looking for help with the legal paperwork of a new project can contact a local attorney familiar with Alabama’s construction and contract laws.