Trent Cotney, CEO, Cotney Attorneys & Consultants
The Champlain Towers collapse in Surfside, Florida was a national tragedy. Over 100 people died in one of the deadliest engineering failures in American history. The families of victims have been searching for answers for some time and the litigation will be both lengthy and costly – a process that will play out with plenty of finger-pointing and arguing over who is truly at fault.
From a liability perspective, the Surfside tragedy serves as an grave reminder of the importance of documentation. Whether your project is big or small, simple or complex, ensuring you have a detailed account of the existing structural integrity (or lack thereof) is extremely important.
Twenty years ago, a contractor could complete a construction project with a handshake and an invoice. Getting payment from customers has always been an issue, but the need for contracts and written documents was not as important as it is today. Read more.