Claims Management Group

Construction claims consulting includes claims management, which helps you systematically address the claims that can disrupt construction project timelines, budgets, completion, construction integrity and overall profitability. When you need to proactively prepare and strategize for prevention and sharper, more efficient claims handling… and when facing construction claims of any volume, size or type, you need the confidence that comes from knowing you are working with the proven leader in construction claims management. Our demonstrated proficiency with claims investigations and claims management– a capability that includes construction delay claims, subcontractor default insurance investigations, subrogation & recovery, litigation, negotiation, and risk mitigation support – includes many of the world’s most challenging projects. Providing claims management services internationally to a wide range of clients in both public and private sectors, Guardian Group evaluates your risk at the start and develops strategies to minimize your liability. In the event of litigation, we provide extensive advisory and support services for attorneys that can often provide the winning edge in negotiations and/or in court.

Once construction claims have begun to manifest, it is critical to implement a systematic plan to address them at once. Our Claims Management Group identifies, analyzes and evaluates the issues to determine responsibility. We conduct a number of construction delay analyses to pinpoint the effect of any action or omission on time and cost issues and determine if increased costs are reasonable. Finally, we offer invaluable support in any negotiation, arbitration, dispute resolution or litigation. Our claims management services include:

  • Bid protests
  • Claims evaluation
  • Schedule review and adjustment
  • Identification of delay, acceleration and cumulative impacts
  • Cost and resource loading review
  • Causation and responsibility identification

Our esteemed group of construction claims consultants tailor our claims management programs to provide you the most cost-effective approach. And we stand ready to provide you the stalwart support and pragmatic counsel that solidify cases, increase your internal efficiencies and underpin your bottom-line success. Preventing claims and assisting you in the timely resolve of those that become inevitable call for a time-tested combination of experience, foresight and objectivity. Because we offer an intimate knowledge and insight into every aspect of construction projects, YA has earned a reputation for mitigating and managing a wide spectrum of claims, and for saving our clients millions of dollars. Representative construction claims and construction management projects include: aerospace, chemical and gas processing, highway, transportation, commercial, high-rise, residential, airports, waste water, hospitals, pipelines, prisons, ship building, environmental, power plants, schools, communications, computers and programming, and heavy industry.

Expert Analysis

The well-trained eye of our experts, with a focus refined by their years of specialty practice, helps us get to the heart of the matter more quickly. In YA’s over 30 years’ experience, we’ve had the opportunity to lend our insight into many issues. Today, we’re able to offer that specialty analysis as one of our core specialties. Consider putting the laser sharp scrutiny of our industry-leading analysts to work for you in any of the following disciplines:

  • Productivity losses
  • Delay damages and damage quantification methods
  • Disruption & Acceleration
  • Cumulative impact
  • Extended overhead
  • Changed work
  • Differing site conditions
  • Deficient contract documents
  • Contract terminations
  • Contractor defaults
  • Contractor mitigation efforts
  • Out-of-sequence work
  • Expert reporting

Direct and Indirect Claims Investigations

Project Neutral Services

One of the most effective ways to settle disputes and keep things moving forward is to retain YA as a project neutral. An independent team, including a trained mediator, analyzes the facts and stated claims of each party. The team considers each party’s point of view and informs both sides of the positives and negatives of their positions. Once all sides know where they stand, our team begins discussing how to arrive at a satisfactory, mutually beneficial outcome. Aside from being faster and less contentious, participants retain control over decision-making and settlement options are not forced upon either side. An additional advantage is project neutral costs are shared because both parties jointly retain our team. Clients recognize YA’s value is in our command of both the technical skills to isolate the issues and the communication skills to diplomatically diffuse tensions.

Litigation Support

Since it is almost always in your best interest to avoid a protracted court battle, YA’s expertise proves invaluable in bringing clarity and expediency to the matter. In pre-trial stages, we offer pointed assistance in the discovery process. Should trial become necessary, we also provide litigation support and expert witness testimony. Our analyses compare planned versus actual design and construction in three-dimensional terms. We take resourcing, methods, logistical constraints and the acts of the involved parties into account. We identify critical paths, passages of delay and acceleration, constructive changes, estimating errors and untimely changes. We quantify damages, identify responsible parties and provide clear and persuasive information to assist counsel in securing a positive outcome. Litigation support services you’ll want in your corner:

  • Document discovery assistance and review
  • Case theme development
  • Document management
  • Deposition assistance
  • Critiquing opposing experts’ analyses
  • Trial exhibit preparation
  • Expert testimony
  • Legal Graphics Capabilities

Professional Liability Insurance Claims Handling

When trouble surfaces on Error & Omissions policies, YA’s intimate knowledge of real-world best practice in the architectural and engineering professions yields a more thorough, more accurate and altogether more efficient approach to complete issue resolution. Our over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry combines with our claims investigations and claims handling experience to provide you an unprecedented level of confidence. From FNOL (First Notice of Loss) and POC (Proof of Claim) to examinations of coverage, project documents and the initial analysis of financial exposure to proper selection of professional peers for review and/or expert testimony, we stand by you every step of the way, providing pragmatic counsel and enabling you to leverage both our experience and our insight. Whether you require claims investigations, risk mitigation, litigation support or assistance with subrogation & recovery, you’ll be better prepared for tomorrow when you call the E&O experts at YA today.