Limitation of Liability

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 Limitation of Liability

A limitation of liability provision in a contract is one in which a Design Professional and client agree to limits the liability of the Design Professional.   It is common to have a specific dollar amount, insurance limits or particular types of damages stated in the limitation of liability clause.  Here are a few examples of limitation of liability:

-the amount shall not exceed the total compensation received by Design Professional under this Agreement.

-shall not to exceed the total amount of $_________.

-should not exceed the total sum paid on behalf of or to the Design Professional by its insurers in settlement or satisfaction of Owner’s claims under the Terms and Conditions of the Design Professional’s insurance policies applicable thereto.

-shall not exceed the total compensation received by Design Professionals under this Agreement, or the sum of $_________, whichever is greater.


Here is a great clip to help explain the limitation of liability provision, provided by Kent Holland and ae ProNet: CLICK HERE


It is important that you communicate with your client that the limit of liability clause does not limit the responsibility of your firm to meet the standard of care.  Additionally, the limit of liability clause should be looked at on a case by case basis of the project.  Some project owners may even look to strike the clause, but this can be addressed in negotiations.

Please be sure to discuss the limit of liability clause with your attorney to determine what will work best for your firm in the contract.

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