There are numerous reasons why disputes could arise in connection with construction projects here in Arizona. If those disputes cannot be resolved between the parties, construction litigation might be filed. The outcome of that litigation could have a significant impact on the parties involved.
Many disputes involve contracts signed among clients, general contractors and subcontractors. One party might allege that the other failed to fulfill its part of the contract. There could be defects that are discovered either during or after the construction process that might compromise the integrity of the project. Delays could cost both sides time and money.
Some disputes are between the general contractor and one or more subcontractors, while others involve all of the parties. Other issues -- such as mechanic's liens, bond claims and other claims by contractors or against contractors -- can also give rise to litigation. Like any other industry, just about any dispute can end up in court if the parties are not able to come to a resolution on their own.
Whether you are the construction client or a contractor, if you have a dispute, it would be beneficial to discuss the matter with an attorney. There could be other issues associated with the dispute that might not be clear at first. Furthermore, an attorney could help with any negotiations and any resulting litigation.
In most cases, there are -- at a minimum -- thousands of dollars at stake in any dispute. Like any other litigation, construction litigation also has certain deadlines that must be met, along with filing requirements and court appearances. Having the advice and assistance of an Arizona attorney who understands the complexities of cases involving construction could be invaluable.