Contractor Litigation Cases: The Role of Experts
Experts are an important aspect of mostly every contractor litigation case. Usually experts in contractor litigation cases are either engineers or other contractors. The experts serve as a consultant for your construction litigation attorney and help prove what the contractor did incorrectly, and how much it will cost to correct the problems. In a claim against an architect or engineer, an expert is required to establish how the professional’s conduct fell below the standard of care.
Throughout a construction litigation case, attorneys rely on experts as a useful tool to hopefully stimulate an early resolution. For example, in New Jersey, contractor litigation cases are often referred to court mandated mediation. If you have an expert working with you at the time of the mediation, your case will be better prepared for mediation because your construction litigation attorney will be more equipped to argue what the contractor did incorrectly, and what damages you have sustained. While you might be able to discuss your damages during the mediation, if you are not in the construction industry, your statements will have less weight than an expert.
Experts are important at the time of trial. If you are not in the construction industry and do not have experience with construction, you likely will not be able to testify as to how the contractor failed to meet standards for certain aspects of the construction.
Often people discount the importance of experts because of the cost involved. However, generally speaking, construction litigation experts can be less expensive than experts in many other areas of litigation. Moreover, the benefit of having the expert should outweigh the cost.
Contact the Law Office of H. Benjamin Sharlin LLC for a free initial consultation regarding your potential construction litigation case. The Law Office of H. Benjamin Sharlin LLC is owned and operated by H. Benjamin Sharlin, Esquire and is proud to serve all of Mercer County, New Jersey and the surrounding counties.
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