Evaluation Claims

Claim management is an essential skill required by the Contract and Project Management Professionals, especially due to the increase in both number and value of claims in construction projects. A claim must be presented in a professional manner with sufficient details including the basis, calculations and evidences in order to save time, cost and effort of the Claimant and Defendant.

Today’s construction projects, very often with restrictive budgets and aggressive schedules are, by design, undertaken by collaborating professional organizations with competing priorities and objectives. This presents significant risks for contractors, design firms, testing and inspection agencies, and owners alike. Areas of construction performance that can result in claims and disputes are:

  • Schedule delays and acceleration measures
  • Labor productivity losses
  • Cost escalation
  •  Professional liability
  • Contract terminations (convenience and default)
  • Breach of contract
  • Allegations of fraud or neglect
  • Environmental impacts

When defending against, evaluating, or asserting a potential claim, it is essential to quickly clarify the issues of concern, ascertain whether the right documentation and personnel are available to support or defend against the claim, and determine the requisite time frames for immediate courses of action.