Columbus Contractor Dispute Lawyer
Construction projects in the Columbus area often involve a wide range of work performed by contractors and subcontractors. When a business or a residential homeowner decides to have construction work completed, they rely on contractors in the construction industry to complete the job they have agreed to under the terms of their contracts. Yet in some circumstances, contractors fail to complete the job in a timely manner or fail to deliver on the promises made in the construction contract. In these cases, you will likely be dealing with a contractor dispute and will need to take action in order to resolve it. The longer a contractor dispute goes on, the more money and time you are likely to lose. Contact our Columbus contractor disputes lawyer to find out more about ways of resolving a contractor dispute in Ohio.
What is a Contractor Dispute in Columbus?
Contractor disputes are part of a broader field of construction litigation that can involve many different types of legal issues and disagreements concerning a construction contract. Contractor disputes may involve general contractors, subcontractors, property owners, suppliers, architects, designers, and other parties to a construction contract.
What types of disputes are most likely to arise? While there are many different kinds of legal issues that can result in contractor disputes involving construction, some of the following are among the most common:
- Construction delays;
- Construction defects;
- Breach of warranty;
- Surety bond claims;
- Differing site conditions; and
- Breach of construction contract claims.
How to Resolve a Columbus Contractor Dispute
Lawsuits may be necessary to resolve a contractor dispute, but you may also be able to resolve a Columbus contractor dispute through negotiation or a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) such as:
- Mediation: Mediation is a form of ADR in which the parties engage in dialogue to resolve the dispute, and that dialogue is facilitated by a neutral third party who is known as a mediator. The mediator’s goal is not to hear the two sides of the dispute and to render a decision, but rather to allow the parties to communicate with one another in order to agree to a settlement to resolve the dispute themselves. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement through mediation, they can choose another form of ADR like arbitration, or litigation.
- Arbitration: Arbitration is another form of ADR, but it is more akin to litigation in form. In arbitration, a neutral third party known as an arbitrator acts similarly to a judge and hears the sides of the contractor dispute from both parties. The arbitrator then makes a decision about the dispute, and it is binding for both of the parties. Unlike litigation, the parties to a binding arbitration cannot appeal the arbitrator’s decision.
When early negotiations and ADR fail, or when the parties to a contractor dispute do not want to consider forms of alternative dispute resolution, it may be necessary to turn to litigation. Whether the parties reach an agreement through mediation, have a decision rendered through arbitration, or allow a court to decide the dispute, the remedy may involve, for example, damages or specific performance.
Contact Kohl & Cook Law Firm
Our firm routinely represents clients in contractor disputes and aspects of construction litigation. We can speak with you today about the dispute and options for resolving it. Contact our experienced Columbus contractor disputes lawyer for more information.