On the construction site, the waste of time and materials, and even damage to property is a common, sometimes daily occurrence. Nobody can prevent natural forces that destroy the site, but construction delays caused by the contractors’ negligence, or even personal injury and loss of materials can be avoided or resolved. Rarely is a site maintained perfectly without any problems, so you need someone on your side fighting for your rights, ensuring that all the other parties are working as agreed. When you are working with numerous contractors and sub-contractors such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters and other individuals to complete a project, it is not uncommon to encounter problems that could form the basis of construction claims. This means that a prudent company should seek construction claims consulting to protect their interests. A construction claims consultant can represent your interests in case you need to file a claim against another person or another party files a lawsuit against your company. Consultants in this field work to determine the strength of claims, consider the options, defend your company or assert your claims. Here are just some of the things a UK Solicitor or construction consultant can do for you:
A building dispute consultant evaluates the cause of delays in projects to determine legal responsibility and carries out financial analysis to estimate the amount the delay will cost. Clearly, the consultant should be familiar with project management within the construction industry, with planning technique, and the nuances of different professionals who participate in the project.
Consultants also evaluate and estimate damages involved due to project delays, injuries, mistakes on the job and more. A delay, injury or even lost or delayed delivery of materials creates a ripple effect in any project. These can mean more delays and additional costs. The consultant can help determine the extent of any such losses which will form the basis of a claim for damages.
Determine Breakdown and Suggest Corrective Action
A consultant with construction claims experience must be able to identify why a delay or breakdown happened and then create a workable solution to remedy the situation. The consultant must be familiar with the current construction laws including building codes and standards, and capable of recognizing deficiencies in design and materials. They may also provide project management experience to oversee the completion of a project.
Arbitration and Litigation
A consultant with construction claims experience may also provide a professional, unbiased viewpoint should their expertise be needed for arbitration and litigation. Engineering and architectural firms may benefit from this type of consultant as can governmental agencies, contractors and construction firms. Having someone like a construction claims consultant represents your interests is a smart move, especially if you are not well-versed in the many issues that can arise during construction projects.
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