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Exploring Florida construction law

The importance of real estate to Florida's strong economy means that construction and related trades are equally vital and massive in the state. It is the hands of workers and the operation of specialized machinery that keeps the walls and ceilings rising, while the law has an important role in protecting the many involved businesses.

The main players in construction projects include the owners, the contractors hired to do work for the owners and the subcontractors that may be hired by the contractors for specialized labor. These relationships are often formalized in contracts and work orders.

Disputes may arise over the scope of work orders, or the specifications of finished work. The substitution of subcontractors, which occasionally happens in public sector construction, may also require legal attention.

Construction defects may also trigger legal disputes, especially if negligence on the part of a contractor or subcontractor is involved. Injury in the workplace, which is unfortunately common in the construction industry, may also qualify as a legal construction dispute.

Florida also offers the option of a mechanic's lien if a contractor or subcontractor feels that an owner or contractor has denied payment for finished work. The plaintiff in these situations may issue a property claim on areas that he or she has improved without remuneration.

Legal representation is often a smart move for owners, contractors and subcontractors entering into new arrangements. Experienced construction law specialists can help protect clients and prevent problems that could result in financial loss or declines in a contractor's reputation.

Source: FindLaw, "Construction Law Overview," accessed Sep. 27, 2017

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