If you run a company of any size, you could end up in court for a host of reasons, from contract disputes to issues related to employment law. However, some business owners find themselves in court because a worker or a customer sustained an injury and are blaming the company for the accident. If you are facing a lawsuit over someone’s injury, it is vital to review all of the details of the accident closely and gather as much evidence as possible.
Sometimes, these lawsuits are very costly and ultimately prompt a business to shut down.
The ways in which people are injured on-site
People are hurt in many different ways on a business’ property. Sometimes, people file suit against a business even though they were just walking by (such as those who fall down on a slick surface). Moreover, customers are injured in different ways, from tripping on a cord to falling down on an escalator, and some decide to take their case to court as well.
Also, employees sustain a wide variety of injuries and accidents take many forms, from falling debris to mishaps involving equipment. Sometimes, workers blame an employer for their injuries and take legal action. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in the private sector during 2018.
The impact of litigation over an injury
Aside from the immediate effects of a business lawsuit, such as stress, time constraints and legal fees, there are various long-term consequences associated with litigation. For example, some businesses sustain irreparable damage to their reputation and others face significant financial penalties that prompt them to close their doors.