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Handling an insurance coverage dispute

If you are a general contractor or run a large construction company, you might come across a myriad of challenges, some of which this blog has addressed. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are other ways your business could be negatively affected. For example, you might run into a dispute over insurance coverage, which can be especially stressful and have a major impact on you financially and mentally. When a dispute with an insurance company arises, it is essential to take the right steps and do what you can to protect your business.

Insurance coverage disputes can happen for all sorts of reasons, whether they involve work that you performed, an accident that occurred on the job, or one of your employees. Unfortunately, working with insurance companies can be very challenging, especially when someone lacks either the time or familiarity to approach their situation properly. The outcome of an insurance dispute can have a significant financial impact on any business. When successful, business owners may be able to gain access to the resources they need to recover from a damaging situation. On the other hand, a business owner who is unsuccessful may find that an insurance coverage dispute results in losses that are so severe they are prompted to shut down.

The benefits of resolving a construction dispute properly

As someone who runs a construction company, you almost certainly face challenges on a daily basis, whether you have to deal with disagreements with property owners or workers you have hired. Unfortunately, construction disputes can arise for a myriad of reasons and they can make life incredibly challenging. Not only could you lose sleep, but the financial impact of a dispute can be significant. In fact, some of these disputes have even pushed hard-working and committed people out of the industry altogether. If you are facing a dispute, it may be helpful to look over some of the advantages associated with resolving a construction dispute properly.

Given the complex nature of most construction projects, it is no surprise that disputes rear their heads. In some instances, these disagreements can be handled without ever going to court. However, this certainly is not an option for everyone, and some people may not even be able to communicate with the other party when a dispute first arises. While the idea of going to court over a dispute can be upsetting, especially for a construction owner who may have never found themselves in this position, it is essential to focus on pursuing an end result that is successful. In doing so, the financial impact of the dispute may be lessened and a sense of relief might follow.

Pay-If-Paid vs Pay-When-Paid

Construction contracts often contain provisions that determine when a subcontractor will be paid by a general contractor. General contractors typically wanted to pay their subcontractors after the owner has paid the general contractor. Subcontractors on the other hand don't want to wait for an owner to pay in order to receive compensation for their work on a project. To address these issues there are two commonly used contract clauses in construction contracts: Pay-if-Paid and Pay-When-Paid.

What are some hazards associated with forklifts?

In the workplace, employees may face a wide variety of hazards. Some types of accidents, such as falling from a high place while working on a construction site, may be widely recognized as a danger that workers and construction company owners should be aware of, since injuries may lead to litigation. However, there are other hazards that may pose a serious threat to the well-being of workers, such as mishaps involving a forklift. Sadly, forklift accidents have left many workers with severe injuries and have even claimed lives.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are a number of workplace hazards with respect to forklifts. For example, someone operating a forklift may collide with a pedestrian or an object which then falls onto a person as a result. Moreover, it can take a while for a lift truck to come to a complete stop and operators may have difficulty seeing people who are in their blind spots. Furthermore, many of the fatalities that occur as a result of forklift accidents happen when forklifts overturn.

Going over common reasons for construction disputes

If you own a construction company, you are probably very familiar with some of the different challenges that can arise on a daily basis. From problems with hiring or firing employees to environmental issues, there are a wide range of matters that those who own construction companies may encounter. It is not uncommon for disputes to arise, either, and sometimes these disagreements even result in litigation. To make things worse, litigation can be disastrous for a construction company, regardless of its size. Not only does legal action often generate a lot of stress, but it may have financial consequences that derail a company's future as well.

Because of the serious nature of construction disputes, it is pivotal to understand some of the reasons behind disputes and aim to prevent or properly address disputes, if possible. For example, a dispute may pop up over a project going over the agreed upon budget or being delayed. There are a plethora of reasons why a project may become delayed or more costly than originally thought, and they may be completely out of your control. However, if it is possible for you to resolve the situation amicably, this is ideal.

Foundation issues: 3 things property owners should consider

Foundation issues can be a nightmare for property owners. While some are harmless, others can be structural and financial disasters. Some foundation issues may even indicate serious construction defects—defects in the property that were caused by negligent construction techniques.

Part of what makes foundation issues so daunting is just how big they can seem. After all, they affect the fundamental structure of your property. There are a few key things that you should know when addressing foundation defects.

3 things any construction manager should look for in a contract

Nobody likes reading a contract. It’s about as captivating as watching paint dry. However, it’s essential for any construction manager to read the fine print of a contract and understand the terms they’re agreeing to at the project onset. Failing to do so could delay their payment upon project completion.

Today we provide three key things to look for in a construction project contract:

Handling a commercial construction suit

If you own a construction company, there may be a variety of challenges you have to work through on a regular basis. Whether you face disputes with investors or are facing challenges related to your crew, owning a construction company can be tough, especially when it comes to commercial construction. However, it can be particularly stressful to find yourself in court, at which point it is pivotal to identify which steps need to be taken to protect your company. In Los Angeles, and all of California's cities, you should try to do what you can to simplify the ordeal and save critical time and money.

Unfortunately, disputes involving commercial construction can be quite complicated and resource-draining. Worse, the outcome of a lawsuit could have a significant impact on a construction company's future. For example, a construction company which is unsuccessful in the courtroom could be hit hard by financial penalties and, in some instances, may even be pushed to go out of business. However, you should try to avoid becoming overly stressed out during this time and maintain a level-headed approach. By handling your case appropriately, you might find an end result that is far more favorable for your company.

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