How to Avoid Getting Sued as a Small Business Owner
If you are a small business owner, there is a chance you could get sued by a client or customer. Generally, if your clients or customers come to your home or place of business, you could be sued for an injury claim. In addition, if you are negligent in your actions as a service provider, you could be sued for losses or damages you cause. There are a few steps you can take to avoid lawsuits.
- Buy commercial insurance. While the extra cost hurts your bottom line, there is nothing better than a good, business insurance policy to help you sleep at night.
- Ask for a review of your business premises and operating procedures. Generally, you will be required to answer a few questions about these issues when buying the commercial insurance policy. Most insurance agents will gladly come by your business for free. In addition, most insurance companies have district managers or commercial specialists that can join the agent. And again these consultations are free.
- Consult with an attorney. Not only will a lawyer look at your standard contracts, some lawyers will make a visit to your business and point out the kinds of physical dangers that lead to commonplace person injury claims. Generally, this won’t be free, but the professional advice is worth the cost of an hour of your lawyer’s time.
- Keep excellent records. If a customer happens to get injured at your business, you can minimize your liability by showing a history of consistent maintenance and upkeep. If there is an injury, take notes about the incident immediately. This will help prevent the story from changing as the customer’s aches and pains get worse.
- Install video cameras. And don’t use fake ones. With today’s technology, streaming video is a great way to avoid theft and false claims.
If you are being sued for a personal injury claim, consult with a lawyer immediately — even if you have a commercial insurance policy. The cost of one hour with a lawyer could save your business years of complications and losses.