Liability Issues of the Design Profession.
FLORIDA UNIV GAINESVILLE DEPT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
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Reducing professional liability risk is a subject that is continually being discussed in the medical, legal, and insurance professions as well as the design profession. Since no profession has successfully shifted or limited its risk, it is now recognized that the only sure method of reducing professional liability risk is through improved services. This report examines many of the liability issues facing the design profession today, then discusses how to perform services in such a manner that the associated liability risks are reduced. First, the duties of the design professional are outlined, which is followed by an examination of design services contracts, design phase services, and construction phase services. This report concludes with a discussion on resolution of disputes and professional liability insurance. Since all of the issues discussed are applicable to both architects and engineers, the suggestions in this report can be implemented throughout the design profession. Author
- Civil Engineering