For more than 60 years, the Victor and CNA professional liability program has maintained a solid and stable base policy while introducing innovative expansions of coverage. Just as the design and construction industry has evolved, so has their policy. The CNA policy has now expanded the definition of the term insured in a significant way […]
Professional Liability Articles
Due to developments in technology, design firms no longer have to operate as hierarchical organizations that rely on full-time employees to perform consulting services. Firms are reevaluating their organizational structures and practices to better serve existing clients and pursue new opportunities.
Emergency management is the process of preparing for, responding to, and recovering from an emergency situation and the subsequent business disruption. The current viral pandemic should remind professional service firms to update their plans to address possible interruptions related to mass illnesses. All firms should reassess their abilities to meet contractual obligations and business continuity […]
Most architects prefer to design the built environment rather than learn about legal concepts such as indemnification. While you should always engage your attorney to review contract language, this legal concept can significantly increase your risks on a project, especially if poorly written.
One of the issues faced increasingly by design firms is whether they have a right to rely on the information provided by manufacturers of products, materials, and systems. The standard of care states that if the reliance of the design firm on a manufacturer’s information or representations is reasonable at the time of the design […]
The AIA Trust published articles this past year in various AIA member publications. In case you missed them, these practice resources are all now available on the AIA Trust website – along with some new resources on vital topics such as financial management and cyber risk assessment. Check them out today!
Contractors and clients frequently make claims against design professionals for damages resulting from construction delays. These delays may include claims for extra compensation allegedly arising from changes in the work caused by errors or omissions in the plans and specifications. The defense of these claims often involves an expensive team of analysts, consultants, experts, and […]
A new AIA Trust paper about the potential impact of the green design movement on the architect’s standard of care explores new risks and legal theories associated with green design and offers two case studies.
Federal, state, and local governments in the United States see Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) as a means to implement critical infrastructure improvements, such as improved public roads, highways, and bridges, and construct municipal improvements, such as courthouses, airports, and higher education residential facilities, when they have no immediate way to fund them. While benefits abound for […]
In April 2018, the AIA Trust published The AIA Trust Guide to Marijuana Facilities Design which examines some of the necessary design considerations as well as the potential legal risks that a design professional may face in light of conflicting state and federal legal requirements. As these requirements continue to evolve, so do issues that […]