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Reducing conflict during a construction dispute

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Apr 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

During a construction dispute, emotions can run high and multiple stressors may arise.  Unfortunately, when disputes become overly heated and tensions flare between parties, the likelihood of securing a favorable outcome through compromise and conciliation decreases.  Not to mention, construction disputes can become costly and time-consuming, and the entire process becomes more challenging for those involved.

It is imperative for construction company owners to review strategies to reduce these tensions during a dispute.  For some, mediation is an ideal approach.

Staying out of court

Face to face meetings with the key players is often very helpful.  This can be done through informal negotiations, or through formal mediation.  One of the benefits of mediation is that it allows those involved in disputes to hopefully resolve disputes without the need for litigation.   Mediation can lower stress levels by giving parties a better understanding of the other side's position and the basis for the other side's position.  Through mediation one can sometimes secure a more flexible outcome that is tailored to the unique needs of those involved.

Reviewing your unique needs

Every construction dispute is different and we realize that there is a plethora of factors that come into play when a disagreement surfaces.  Whether your dispute involves a client, current or former workers or business partners, it is critical to go over your individual circumstances.  In some instances, mediation is not possible, especially when the other party refuses to cooperate.  The best advice it that communication is often the greatest tool to resolving disputes.

Our website covers a wide variety of legal matters related to construction disputes and we go into greater detail on the mediation process on our website.

About the Author

Karl Silverberg

Karl Silverberg Contact Me: (631) 778-6077 Email me Practice Areas: Construction Law Biography Prior to law school, Mr. Silverberg worked as a professional engineer, and has eight years of experience working as a structural engineer on public sector transportation projects. Mr. Silver...


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