Working in the Texas construction industry, you're likely well aware of the various types of complications and delays that often arise during ongoing projects. Even the weather may bear significant impact on your ability to meet deadlines and produce quality work in a timely fashion. If you own a company that often operates as a subcontractor, you've probably functioned at high stress levels on more than one occasion.
When all communication on a project filters through a single party, such as a general contractor, things can get pretty challenging, especially when a contract dispute occurs. By being aware of the most common types of disputes faced by construction company owners, you may be able to mitigate the negative impact of a particular problem.
Common construction conflicts
Whether you are a company owner, electrical contractor or general contractor, your primary goals may include avoiding these contract problems that often lead to lawsuits:
- Specification issues: One of the most frequent types of contract disputes involves disagreement over project specifications. If details were not clearly defined in a signed agreement, your understanding of the project may differ from another party's.
- Scope issues: When you are working in a contractor/subcontractor capacity, problems may arise concerning who is responsible for which portion of a project.
- Design issues: Delays, disagreements and other complications often arise between contractors and designers. Lack of communication, rejection of submittals without explanation, and other various issues may slow production and cause serious delays on the job.
- Change of plans: When work orders change, but pricing and time extension issues remain unaddressed, it can cause contract problems that are difficult to resolve.
These are far from being the only types of construction conflicts you might face over the course of several projects. Hopefully, you'll be able to swiftly resolve any problematic issue that surfaces. However, matters involving failure to pay, termination of a contract and other issues can be complex and stressful, and may threaten your bottom line if left unresolved for too long.
Construction litigation support
If you face a lawsuit or you have tried to negotiate fair resolution to a particular contract problem without success, you may determine it is best to seek outside intervention. In fact, the type of defense you present in court may be crucial toward achieving favorable results. If you plan on acting alongside representation from a business and commercial law attorney, you'll want to choose someone who understands your business needs and goals.
The following is a list of key qualifications to look for in an experienced business attorney:
- A history of successful results representing others in situations similar to yours
- Focuses on your needs and pays close attention to the potential impact the contract issue at hand may have on your business
- Skilled and experienced in aggressive litigation
You may consider these and other factors when choosing legal representation to guide you through the construction litigation process. You may also want to inquire as to whether the services provided are on a contingent basis, as this may be more cost effective. Of paramount importance is finding someone you trust to protect your rights and act in your best interest to recover any economic loss suffered and seek agreeable solutions to current contract problems impeding your business success.