Construction Litigation Attorneys
in Miami, Florida
Disputes and legal troubles can bring a construction project to a grinding halt or completely derail it. Construction disputes, which typically involve multiple parties, can emerge for a variety of reasons. Navigating these disputes requires the expertise and established litigation experience of an attorney.
At Miguel A. Brizuela, P.A., our construction litigation attorneys have extensive experience arbitrating, mediating, and litigating construction disputes. We help clients identify and solve problems in real-time and provide legal counsel at every step of the dispute resolution process. From our office in Coral Gables, Florida, we serve clients in Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and other parts of Southern Florida.
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Common Causes of Construction Litigation
Typically, construction litigation occurs as a result of unresolved disputes between construction companies, owners, contractors, and other parties involved in a construction project. Construction disputes are likely to arise due to negligence, breach of contract, or fraud. Our construction lawyers at Miguel A. Brizuela, P.A. represent clients in all types of disputes, including those caused by:
Errors in the contract. Ambiguous or vague language, incorrect application of the law, missing clauses, and other errors in the contract can have devastating consequences for all parties involved in a construction project. If they’re not resolved amicably outside of court, disputes due to contract errors may lead to construction litigation.
Unreasonable delays. Delays contribute to many disputes in the construction industry. Delays may be the result of bad weather conditions, labor shortages, equipment failures, poor planning, materials arriving late, and other factors. Depending on the cause of the delay, a contractor or another party may be held responsible for the financial losses incurred by other parties.
Inadequate quality of work. Parties involved in construction projects must stick to industry standards and ensure that the quality of work they provide is adequate. Failure to ensure a high quality of work may expose a contractor to construction litigation.
Improper materials used. Typically, construction contracts specify the materials that must be used by contractors when working on the project. If contractors fail to use proper materials as specified in the contract, disputes may arise, especially if the materials used are more expensive or cheaper than agreed-upon and/or are of low quality.
Abandoned project. It is not uncommon for construction companies to abandon projects. However, a company can face legal action when it abandons a project without legitimate reasons.
Non-payment or other payment issues. Another common cause of construction litigation is non-payment. When a contractor does not receive agreed-upon compensation from the client, the contractor can sue the client for non-payment.
Regardless of why a construction dispute arises, using all available legal remedies may be necessary to avoid costly and time-consuming construction litigation. A skilled construction litigation attorney can review your unique case and advise you on your options.
Recourse for Construction Disputes
When a construction dispute arises, it is important to know the legal remedies available to resolve the dispute in the most cost-efficient and risk-free manner possible. Typically, the law recognizes three ways to resolve construction disputes:
Mediation. This form of alternative dispute resolution involves the use of a neutral, third-party mediator. The mediator works with both parties to help them reach a mutually acceptable agreement but they do not have the authority to decide the outcome of the dispute.
Arbitration. An increasing number of construction contracts contain clauses that require parties to resolve disputes through arbitration. In arbitration, one or more arbitrators make a binding decision for the parties.
Litigation. When parties cannot resolve a construction dispute through mediation and their contract does not require arbitration, they may go to court to have a judge or jury decide the dispute for them in litigation.
According to a 2022 construction disputes report by Arcadis, the cost of resolving a construction dispute in the United States stood at over $30 million in 2021, while the average time it took to resolve a construction-related dispute was 16.7 months.
Our construction law attorneys at Miguel A. Brizuela, P.A. have extensive experience and a proven track record of success in helping clients resolve construction disputes through mediation, arbitration, and litigation. We strive to provide the best possible legal representation to clients in the construction industry.
How Legal Counsel Can Help
Having decades of combined legal experience in construction law, our team of attorneys at Miguel A. Brizuela, P.A. has successfully resolved countless construction disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants in Miami and other parts of Southern Florida. We have an in-depth understanding of the laws and regulations governing the construction industry and are aware of the unique challenges our clients may face when navigating disputes in court and participating in pre-trial negotiations.
Our construction litigation lawyers work diligently to serve each client’s interests at all stages of the dispute resolution process, from drafting and negotiating construction contracts to representing clients in the courtroom. We provide trusted legal guidance and comprehensive representation to private and public owners, general contractors, construction companies, subcontractors, architects, developers, engineers, and other parties involved in construction projects.
Construction Litigation Attorneys
Serving Miami, Florida
Our experienced and results-driven construction lawyers at Miguel A. Brizuela, P.A. have successfully tried, arbitrated, and mediated a myriad of disputes throughout Southern Florida. We have saved and recovered for our clients millions of dollars in damages. If you are considering litigating a construction dispute, reach out to our skilled attorneys in Miami, Florida, to discuss what to expect in your case and how to proceed.