As we have previously discussed on the blog, disputes in a construction project can derail the entire project and put multiple parties at risk of losing out on serious cash flow. Common or minor disputes can quickly grow and halt work.
There are numerous ways to solve a construction dispute, including arbitration which we covered in January. Mediation is another great alternative that allows you to bring in a third party to help you navigate these issues and get impartial suggestions on what to do next. At Florida Construction Law Group, we can work as a mediator and believe this is a great tool to continue the work being done and paid for.
Mediators Are Independent Third Parties
Like arbitrators, mediators provide an independent review of the situation. You will get in a room with the other party and the mediator to discuss what the issue is, what the possible causes are, and what solutions have been considered.
Some people believe that because one party reached out to the mediator themselves that the mediator will side with them. We can assure you that this is not the case. There are numerous laws that prevent mediators from choosing sides and being partial.
You will receive honest and considerate advice to address your Florida construction law dispute.
You Hold the Power
Unlike arbitration, mediation is not legally binding. The decisions and insights provided by a mediator are merely suggestions for how the two parties can and should proceed. However, if one or both parties disagree with the suggestions of the mediator then the parties can look for alternatives to resolve their disputes.
Mediation is generally a preferred method early on in a dispute as opposed to arbitration which should often be a last resort if the parties wish to proceed but cannot agree on how that will look.
Cheaper and Quicker Alternative to Other Solutions
You could go all the way through the courts to litigate these issues or even go through arbitration, but both of these processes are time-consuming and expensive. As you know, time is money in the construction business. The longer these issues drag out the longer the construction project is delayed and at risk.Our team wants to be a part of your solution and allow you to continue improving Florida’s communities through hard work and dedication. If you are having trouble resolving a construction dispute and need to bring in a mediator, make our team your first choice. You can contact us online or call us at (305) 227-4030.