A contract dispute can be incredibly frustrating for anyone working in the construction industry. If the dispute escalates to litigation, it can become time-consuming and expensive for all parties involved.
If you find yourself in the midst of a dispute that looks like it may become litigious, you can prevent ever stepping in the courtroom by working with a construction mediator. Mediation is a voluntary process in which all parties work with a professional who assists them in resolving their conflicts, and it is often successful.
An experienced mediator will be able to deescalate the situation at the beginning of the process and pinpoint what the true problems are, stripping away emotions and blame. They will facilitate solutions that meet everyone’s needs without a win-lose mentality and without taking sides.
Mediation can work for any situation that would otherwise be arbitrated or litigated, and will typically be less costly or time-consuming than either of those options. Even if a dispute appears too complicated and emotional to untangle in any arena but a courtroom, a mediator can often get to the root of the issue and help both parties leave with a positive outcome.
If you are interested in mediation, selecting a mediator with extensive knowledge in construction would be beneficial. A construction law attorney with experience in mediation and contract disputes can help you prepare your argument and what result you want. If for some reason mediation is unsuccessful, they can be an advocate for you in arbitration or litigation.