Ask an Attorney: Construction Claims – An Overview

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Most contractors hope their projects will proceed efficiently, within budget, on time, and, most importantly, without needing to file a claim against any of the other parties working on the job. Unfortunately, the reality often proves otherwise. Claims come in all kinds of forms – delay, extra work, acceleration, inefficiency – but essentially involve recovering any type of entitled cost or time impact. Claims can possibly risk jeopardizing the cooperation and good relationships among project stakeholders necessary to get the job done successfully. Sometimes, however, that necessary cooperation cannot overcome losing money undeservedly, making the claim a business necessity. Also, pursuing a claim under a construction contract often involves a process that can seem overwhelming.