Design professionals' legal risks increased under nature's attack: Chichi Earthquake experience

Yu-Lin Huang, Shih Hung Chang*

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Abstract

This paper aims to examine increases in professional liability for architectural and engineering (A/E) professionals following quantitative changes in litigation risks after the Chichi Earthquake. The methodology uses t-tests and ANOVA to analyse the impact of the earthquake with regard to (1) the number of A/E litigations, (2) the type of plaintiff, (3) court decisions, and (4) the scope of A/E activities or practices challenged by litigation. Our results showed the risk of liability lawsuits increased significantly, and lawsuits were more persistent after the earthquake. The professional liability risk seemed to intensify in higher courts. The risks of both professional liability and criminal indictment by public prosecutors were increased.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544-551
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2009

Keywords

  • Claims
  • Legal
  • Risk

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