Even for the most cautious and conscientious design professionals, mistakes are made. Things go wrong. Disputes arise. It’s a sign of the times that design professionals increasingly are becoming targets for claims and lawsuits. Litigious clients. Injured parties. Construction firms with “cost-recovery” programs trying to re-coup lost profits. Claims can come from anywhere and anyone…
We live in an ethically-challenged world. The every-day pressures of business economics, project deadlines, and client demands conspire against all design professionals every day to drive “professionalism” out of their practices. Design professionals, however, must strive to maintain an ethical practice because quite simply – lives depend on it.
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It may come as a surprise that pathologists lose more medical malpractice jury trials than any other single group of medical specialists.
A wise old lawyer once said: “If you’re not being sued, you’re not making money.”The point he was making was that as a professional’s business grows, it is statistically inevitable litigation will follow.