As you may know, lawsuits against businesses are not rare – at all! Almost every single day, we hear news about a single angry or injured man suing one of the country’s biggest companies.
Given the many reasons that we can sue a business for, it’s no wonder that the latter have to face lawsuits and settlements every other week or so.
As such, in today’s article, we’ll present you with five of the most common lawsuits filed against businesses. If you are a client/ customer, you’ll know what to keep an eye out for and, if you’re a business owner, you’ll know what to do to protect your company!
Slip and fall injuries are probably the leading cause of lawsuits against businesses – mostly because they fail to place those caution signs on wet floors.
If someone slips and falls on the grounds of a company/ business, the latter is held fully responsible. Moreover, given that such accidents can result in quite serious injuries, the injured party can be rewarded hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Employee Injury/ Sickness
When something happens to you while you’re at work – workers’ compensation should cover mainly injuries and illnesses -, the costs associated with what happened.
If the business/employer doesn’t apply for the workers’ compensation properly, they can face lawsuits, fines, and even jail time.
For example, if you are injured at a business location, and you file a lawsuit, the court will take into account the liability of the premises as well. This means that the security of the business will be analyzed in order to determine if the company/business had insufficient protection.
Protection usually implies guards, locks, lights, security cameras, trimmed bushes, secured entry, and so on.
Discrimination Against Employees and Customers
Discrimination can seriously hurt a business – no matter the targets. If a company shows signs of employee discrimination, then it is highly exposed to lawsuits that may end up in bankruptcy.
On the other hand, if a company shows discrimination against customers, then their brand will soon die if we may say so. People will attack them via reviews, while those discriminated against can, once again, file lawsuits that will be very expensive for the company.
Workplace harassment is another huge issue that seems to characterize almost every business out there. Every month or so, we see another article or another resignation based on harassment claims.
Harassment can come in the form of bullying, physical attacks, sexual harassment, or even psychological aggravation. Naturally, lawsuits that stem from this kind of issue can prove fatal for a company or a business!
The Bottom Line
The least one can receive after suing a business is between $3,000 to $10,000 – such cases are usually handled by small claims court. However, as mentioned above, people can earn millions of dollars from a successful lawsuit against a business.
As such, it is in the best interest of business owners to do everything in their power to make sure that their business/ workplace is a safe environment – from every single aspect!