Tips for resolving engineering disputes

Jun 20 2018      On Behalf of  David M. Duree & Associates, P.C.      Construction And Engineering Disputes

The engineering field is an important one to the development of O’Fallon and the rest of Illinois. Like all other industries, disputes can arise in the engineering field that can lead to projects stalling or even being nixed. Should you find your firm in a difficult engineering dispute, you should consider some of the resolution options outlined in this post.

The first thing you should try to do in resolving an engineering dispute is negotiate with the other party involved. Sit down with each other, discuss your differences and try to offer some form of resolution.

If negotiation doesn’t work, you can always give mediation a try in O’Fallon. You will need to find a neutral third party, preferably someone who has mediation experience, who can help the two parties determine a solution to the dispute.

Adjudication is another option and is very similar to mediation except that the third party involved here actually makes a decision after hearing both sides of the argument.

Arbitration would be the next logical method to try if you still cannot resolve your engineering dispute. Arbitration also uses a third party, this time an arbitrator, who will review all of the documents involved in the dispute and issue a ruling. Arbitration decisions can be legally binding.

Litigation is another option to resolve your dispute. Some disputes will jump right to litigation for resolution, while others will try all of the options above before moving into the litigation phase.

Resolving engineering disputes is an important part of the business that cannot be overlooked. You might need to use more than just one of the dispute resolution techniques mentioned in this post to get the job done.