Reasons construction lawsuits might be filed
Regardless of the type of property someone purchases or owns, at some point construction is usually part of the plan. Whether regular upkeep or a complete overhaul, these projects commonly require the expertise of professional contractors to get the work done correctly and in a timely manner. Unfortunately, there are many things that can go wrong along the way that might prompt a construction lawsuit. We will discuss a few of those in this post.
The first is issues with the timing of the project. There is an expectation that a construction project will be completed in a reasonable amount of time. Projects that go long usually result in the property owner incurring additional expense. In some cases when care is not taken by the contractor to keep the project moving, a project may even be stopped permanently.
Designs that are deficient can also lead to a lawsuit being filed. A plan that is incomplete, inaccurate or poorly designed may be construed as a design defect. Conflicts related to design deficiencies can arise between multiple parties to a project including contractors, general contractors, subcontractors and owners. They can take the form of construction defects, defective plans, an incomplete risk analysis or issues with performance specification.
Sometimes a lawsuit will be filed even after the project is completed in accordance with the plans supplied by the homeowner. In these cases problems could arise if, for example, the finished building was completed on budget and on time but does not provide for the utilities required.
These are just a few examples of things that might prompt a construction lawsuit. In our next post we will write about ways in which these cases might be resolved.