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Construction glossary

What is a Claim?

In the construction industry, a claim refers to a request or demand for compensation or remediation rights. Such claims often emerge for varying reasons, including unexpected project situations, changes in project scope, unforeseen conditions, or disputes over contract interpretations. For instance, if a construction team encounters an unexpected geological impediment on a site, delaying the project, they might file a claim to recover the costs caused by this delay. These claims are typically addressed in detail within the terms and conditions of construction contracts and might have to be resolved in court or through arbitration if the two parties cannot reach an agreement. It is imperative for every party involved in any construction project to be aware of potential claims to understand their rights and obligations. Therefore, effective claim management is key to successful construction project execution.