Construction litigation arises for many reasons and these lawsuits can be especially difficult for construction companies that have recently completed a lengthy, costly project. In Los Angeles and all over the state of California, it is pivotal for construction company owners to handle these cases appropriately and be aware of just how much may be at stake. Setting aside the financial impact of disputes and legal action, a construction company's reputation may be on the line.
After a construction project that lasted for almost ten years, a recently-opened transit terminal in San Francisco was closed after a support beam was found to have been cracked. Officials have stated that the transit center will stay closed as engineers review the crack and inspect other beams.
A number of homeowners have filed suit, claiming that the transit center was responsible for the sinking of a neighboring condo complex. The transit center, which cost more than $2 billion, was scheduled to take in as many as 45 million people per year and 100,000 passengers on weekdays.
Aside from defects, there are many other reasons why commercial construction lawsuits may surface. For example, there may be disagreements involving delays or costs. When legal action is taken over defects or for any other reason, it is pivotal for contractors and construction companies to figure out the right approach. Sometimes these cases can be resolved outside of court, but others inevitably lead to difficult situations that can only be handled in the courtroom. Some going through this benefit from consulting a legal professional.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Crack in beam shuts down San Francisco's new $2-billion transit terminal," Sept. 25, 2018