Construction has always been a dangerous endeavor. With today’s complicated technology, materials, equipment and engineering systems, many argue that it is more dangerous than ever—notwithstanding safety conscious strides in worker protection.

At its heart, construction remains a human endeavor. As such, mistakes are still made. When disaster strikes and a building collapses while under construction, the “normal” difficulties inherent in resolving construction disputes are multiplied by factors not normally brought to bear in the run-of-the-mill dispute involving cost overruns, time overruns, and departures from contractual plans and specifications.