What does my company need to prove a claim for breach of contract with my construction project?
Navigating a breach of contract in the construction industry requires a thorough understanding of the foundational elements needed to establish the claim. To move forward with a breach of contract claim, you must provide evidence of an enforceable contract between your company and the other party. This typically is a written agreement, detailing the obligations, signed by both parties. While unwritten contracts might be valid, they are invariably tougher to prove, particularly in multifaceted construction matters.
Additionally, to be successful with your breach of contract claim with your construction project, your company must prove that it upheld its end of the bargain. This could entail proof of payments made, resources provided, or any other obligations undertaken. If there was any non-performance on your end, it should be justified (e.g., because of the other party’s prior breach or another valid legal excuse).
Your company should also specifically delineate how the other party defaulted on its contractual obligations. In construction, this might mean highlighting undelivered materials, missed construction milestones, substandard work quality, or any other deviations from the agreed-upon terms. Your company must also illustrate that it endured damages (financial losses from project delays or reputational damage) directly stemming from the breach.
While not strictly a requirement for proving a breach, courts often look favorably upon parties who worked to make genuine efforts to mitigate (or minimize) the damages arising from a breach.
Given the intricate nature of construction contracts and the many parties and components involved, enlisting the expertise of a Nevada construction litigation attorney will be invaluable in navigating and substantiating your claim effectively.