Construction disputes happen more often than many people realize. The fact that you don't hear about a lot of them is due to both parties resolving their issues before they reach the news. Construction disputes can occur on any type or size of project, from the construction of a shed to the construction of a new skyscraper. So, how do you resolve a construction dispute in Florida?
If there is a negotiation clause written into your construction contract for any disputes that arise, you will need to try to this method first for resolving the disputes. Negotiation occurs when the contractor and the owner of the project try to fix the dispute before moving to different methods.
The parties involved can also attempt mediation. This is when a neutral third party is added to the discussion. This person will not make a decision for either side but instead moves both parties along in the discussion so they stay focused on the task at hand.
If you would prefer a neutral third party to make a ruling on the dispute for you, arbitration is the better route to take. Both sides will present their cases and then the arbitrator will issue a ruling for one side or the other.
Litigation is a viable option for construction disputes, too. Litigation typically occurs when the parties have exhausted all other resolution options. Litigation will move the issue to court where a judge will issue a ruling.
As you can see, there are quite a few options out there for resolving a construction dispute. Make sure you choose the one best for your situation so the dispute is resolved to your liking without losing precious time and money for the project.