Common Construction Claims

construction-siteA construction claims expert has the unique job of determining how to best prepare a construction claim for defense. This isn’t an easy task, as every claim will deal with a different issue on the construction site. An injury to workers isn’t the same thing as a material shortage, and both carry very different consequences and circumstances. This guide will illustrate the most common claims, so you can quickly determine what you’re dealing with and how best to prepare for it.

Types of Claims

On average, there are only so many claims a construction consultant will need to process. They tend to fall into one of the following categories:

  • Contracts: failing to properly outline scope of work.
  • Scope Changes: making changes, even minor ones, not originally outlined in the work agreement.
  • RFI: Slow requests for information. Typically bureaucratic and not something easily remedied.
  • Down Time: Inefficiency and lost productivity.
  • Scheduling: Failing to meet the demands of the project without the proper personnel.
  • Materials: Quantity or quality variations that are different from the original bids.
  • Stoppages: Usually, there is an underlying reason the work was stopped and the dispute seeks to resolve it.

Construction claims management can help prepare the paperwork for many of these claims. This is important for smaller operations who might not have someone dedicated to all the filing. Even larger outfits lose paperwork or fail to produce adequate proof. Having someone prepare the claim for you can be an excellent safety measure against poor litigation.


For more information on construction claims, or to hire a construction consultant, visit Lyle Charles Consulting.