Types of construction claims and disputes

One does not need to be an attorney to be well versed with all basics of the types of construction claims- this includes all the legal claims of the construction industry. For a construction claim to be complete, it has to have both the damages and entitlements.



Construction acceleration schedule is the process of ensuring that the persons working on the task complete it within the arranged deadline or earlier. All attempts are measured and reached within the required time without delays.


Construction changes

This is an entitlement that ensures that the contractors get their dues even though no changes have been done. The courts do hold that where the contractors do not perform as expected, which a result of ignorance and not faults, the constructive cost should be compensate.


Termination of the contract

Whenever the contractor has not begun the work and the contract is terminated, the contractor will have to get a part of the profit expected. This is because he gets an unexpected loss. The contractors may also be able to recover the losses that they have incurred after the owner terminates the contract, yet the work had begun. The other instance is whereby the contractor has completed the work as expected then the contract is terminated. Here the contractor gets the full contract price.


Defective documents used during contract

When making the contract, the documents are considered to be free of errors and any other defects. The documents are considered satisfactory and therefore the contract may commence.


Delay of the schedule:

This is the process where a single or multiple critical paths have begun late than expected. The schedule delay is divided in two parts.

Site differing conditions– this is where the site differs or is different from what is indicated in the contract. Thus the contractor may seek compensation to make the contract equitable.

Directed changes– This is where the terms and conditions are altered by the owner- unilateral changes.