In The Value of a Construction Expert Witness, William Gulya, Jr., construction expert witness and President & CEO, Middlesex Trenching Company, writes:
By its very nature, construction is unique in that construction projects, along with the laws governing construction, affect so many different kinds of parties — project owners, developers, financial lenders, architects, engineers, planners, designers, contractors, sub-contractors, etc. Consequently, an attorney working in a construction legal dispute will most likely require the assistance and expertise of one or more construction expert witnesses.
Whether the case concerns a small-scale private residence or a huge industrial or commercial venture, the technical aspects associated with the project are best assessed, analyzed and opined upon by someone with extensive knowledge of construction and experience in the field, and many construction attorneys regard their expert witnesses as indispensable.
Construction disputes may arise from financial issues involved in the construction or because of defects, delays, differing conditions, or method and means; in fact, the list is seemingly endless. Another important area where expert witnesses are utilized is in cases of an accident at a construction site.