Business owners work hard to maintain their business operations and hopefully earn a profit. The risks of owning a business are many, but none are worse than the dreaded lawsuit. Although no business is totally immune from lawsuits, there are steps business owners can take to reduce that risk or to minimize the aftereffects of losing a lawsuit to keep the business afloat.
One of the most common reasons customers sue a business owner is for slip-and-fall accidents that occur on company premises. Since this risk is well-known to business owners, steps can be taken to minimize hazards within a facility. Inspect every area for safety hazards that customers and employees have access to including parking lots. Repair any identified hazards or close the area off to access by anyone nearby.
If you deal regularly with vendors and contractors in your business then you probably sign agreements and contracts with them to perform services or supply materials. You may also have agreements with leasing companies for vehicles or machinery. It’s important to understand the contents of agreements before you sign them; otherwise, a vendor can sue you for breach of contract and put you completely out of business.
When businesses begin to expand, they will most likely have to hire one or more persons to help the business function. But before hiring employees, business owners should understand the responsibilities involved with hiring. Employers must provide a safe work environment for employees. Injured employees will seek an injury attorney to maximize compensation if a sustained injury was negligent and preventable.