Jacksonville Construction Litigation Lawyer
Contractors and subcontractors frequently find themselves in positions
in which project owners refuse to pay for work performed or in which they
are dragged into litigation because of deficient performance of other
contractors or design professionals. Delays in obtaining change order
approvals and payment approvals to change orders may be used to blame
the contractor when, in actuality, delay in completion of the project
is due to the actions of others. In other situations, delays may be caused
by the discovery of pre-existing latent defects or unforeseeable acts
of nature. In such cases, you will need the legal guidance of the Law
Office of Shands M. Wulbern, P.A.
Additional changes to scope of work and specifications can increase the
length of time for completion as well as costs. Contractors, however,
are often caught in the middle when delays and additional costs are incurred
and are blamed for circumstances out of their control. Contractors should
be wary of legal ramifications and potential litigation if delays or significant
change orders are needed for a project. In some situations, proactive
measures may be necessary to ensure that a contractor's interests
are adequately protected. Some of the proactive measures include construction
liens, mechanics' liens, and default claims.
Architect / Engineer Representation
Architects and engineers are often brought into litigation due to their
roles in creating the plans and specifications for a project. While the
main dispute may be between the contractor and owner, the architect should
be mindful of potential claims and litigation when such disputes arise.
Even though defects in construction due to plans and specifications not
being followed may occur, design professionals are often subjected to
malpractice and design defect claims. As with contractors, architects
may be blamed for delays due to significant changes in plans and specifications
requiring additional time, work and permits. Nevertheless, early action
can and should be undertaken to defend against potential claims.
Construction defects can arise from a number of different sources and involve
different scopes of work. One of the most problematic areas of Florida
construction defects involves water intrusion. Other construction defects
that can cause significant problems include structural and foundation
defects, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical defects. There may be a number
of defects involved, including overlap between different scopes of work,
different contractors, and various subcontractors. Such construction deficiencies
can significantly impact the overall quality and integrity of the main
structure at issue.
Delays and increased costs of a project can also be a major source of contention
in a construction project. Delays can be caused by:
- Unnecessary change orders
- Improper supervision of work
- Inadequate numbers of laborers
- Failed inspections
- Improper sequencing of work
Such delays can significantly increase costs and inconvenience. Project
owners, however, need to be cautious of how such issues are addressed.
Decisions regarding contract termination or failure to act in a timely
manner could impact future claims.
Legal Assistance from the Law Office of Shands M. Wulbern, P.A.
Whether you are a contractor, subcontractor, architect, engineer, or project
owner, Attorney Shands M. Wulbern can provide experienced construction
litigation services. If you are facing a construction litigation issue,
do not hesitate to speak with a member of the firm at once.
Contact Attorney Shands M. Wulbern for an immediate consultation and potential representation.