A construction claim can happen to anyone at any time, even in projects that have been planned by experts with years of experience. Accidents happen all the time in construction. Not just personnel either. Claims can arise over hours worked, delayed shipments and other aspects of working on a construction project. Navigating these claims is no easy task.
If you find yourself in the midst of a dispute, these tips may help you resolve the situation quickly.
Analyze Your Documents
When a dispute arises, all documents related to the claim have to be scrutinized as part of making your case. This is not an easy process, nor is it a short one. If you don’t have the required documents, or the information shows something contrary to your story, you may not be preparing a strong case for yourself. A consultant can perform construction claim analysis to review every document you have for accuracy. They can also help prepare a claim that proves your side of the story, with solid evidence to back up your word.
Occasionally, a claim moves beyond a simple dispute and into a legal challenge. Mediation is your best option in these situations, and there are a few reasons why. Mediation helps to solve disputes with an outcome that is mutually beneficial, so relationships tend to be preserved. They are settled quickly, do not require attorneys and are quite cost-effective as a means of resolving problems that cannot otherwise work themselves out.
Bio: Lyle Charles is a private mediator with background in construction. Lyle Charles Consulting is available for assistance planning commercial construction projects.