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Simple Ways for Business Owners to Reduce Personal Injury Claims Liability

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Running a small business is a dream for millions of Americans. Some can stake it out and open up an office or storefront to sustain their family. When facing such a decision, it is vital to learn from the experiences of other entrepreneurs. Many lessons are only evident from failures. And these can become gleaned from unsuccessful ventures and their challenges.

Growing businesses have many moving parts involved, and any such organizations have potential weaknesses. To minimize the chances of vulnerability, businesses can take simple steps.

Below are some helpful tips that we’ve seen in various industries and how you can protect yourself:

Why Should Businesses Embrace Technology?

Technology can be a fundamental role in your bottom line. Not only can many automizing aspects of your business reduce your expenses and maximize profit ratios, but it can also act to prevent potential liability. By enabling computers to take orders, create 24-hour access on websites, and replace old technology, your business can become a local leader. Many of these time and money saving measures can also prevent future lawsuits.

  • Instead of having to deal with employees that make mistakes or get into car accidents, a computer cannot put you in such a situation.
  • Furthermore, there are reduced chances of issues such as theft and fraud.

Besides the point, the general trend has been towards technological change, and any hesitation could cause your enterprise to fall behind.

Why Not Form an LLC?

Reducing personal liability in your venture is essential. Many businesses are run as private enterprises. And often they are led by people with little previous business experience. By forming a Limited Liability Corporation a sole proprietor or partners would be able to reduce their exposure to future lawsuits and bankruptcy. The act of incorporating will inoculate the owners against much risk, with little downside.

LLCs are not run the same as larger corporations. There isn’t the same regulation occurring or dealing with many corporate board members. The small size of an LLC leads to mobility and maneuverability. It allows for potential rapid growth and ability to adapt to quickly changing conditions. Many businesses become incorporated in the state of Delaware due to its business-friendly regulations. Corporation law varies by state, and any decision should be made in consultation with an attorney.

How Do You Prevent the Notice of Claim?

After running your business for a while, you may be served with a notice of claim stating that a part of your enterprise is not safe. Any part of your business that is open to the public must be safe.

Issues such as:

  • Broken stairs
  • Dripping water
  • Broken or defective products can be cited for their danger to the public.

A notice of claim could be the first step before a lawsuit. Reducing the factors that could compel such notes should be a no-brainer.

How to Create Proper Liability Waivers

By creating a means to limit your liability, you will be amazed at how it affects your business operations. Creating liability waivers crafted with the help of a skilled business attorney can be a science. Forming language that will both explain the potential consequences of taking part in your business and compelling a signature is key. Such agreements aren’t always ironclad in court. But the closer they can get using precedent and knowledge of corporate law the better.

  • Many courts will look at the extent of how you attempted to reduce risk to consumers as well as your warnings.
  • By taking the extra step, the chances of being challenged in court are significantly reduced. And customer satisfaction should increase as well.

Ultimately, these are just part of the actions a business can take to reduce your tort liability. There are always litigious people in every field and the possibility of a suit. Any activities you can choose to overcome such a chance are par for the course in the area of business.

An Approach for Attorneys and Clients In Dealing With Online Communications

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Today we’re going to take a practical look at the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and their recommendations for communications. These are tips for attorneys new to the field or more experience. Regardless of your years in law, we have a few ideas for you.

Not every single bit of communication is the same, but offers an insight into some general rules. For the most part, attorneys should consider their messages, and:

  • The content of the message itself, including sensitive or private information. How are they organized?
  • The practicality of improving or introducing new email security standards.
  • The overall risk of this communication being intercepted or read by someone not authorized.
  • What is the impact your communications with all of your clients: large and small, routine and more involved.

As you can imagine, all of this put together is a bit of a puzzle for an attorney not specialized in web or comm security. In some instances, this means that the lawyer’s office hires outside help. However, in others, there are several key steps your firm acts on internally. Each one makes a key difference.

Taking Plaintive Steps

This is why the ABA and other organizations ask about the way data is handled. Also, many attorneys have no or just cursory training in these matters. However, you only have so much time or money. Consider the following:

  • Who handles your information? What is their info security training?
  • What is your email routing method? Does your site use https protocol?
  • Is sensitive data labeled or treated as such? Consider means of securing this type of data separately.
  • Is this in line with your communications and privacy policy? Every firm worth its salt has one making your files more secure and inspires confidence in your clients. Believe me, they notice.
  • Each attorney should read and digest the new Model Rules of Professional Conduct. This provides a key backdrop for lawyers in just about any field to prepare themselves for recent and upcoming changes.In addition, changing to a uniform secure email or communications network allows for less juggling between different systems and less to consider for each client. Often, firms utilize a secure cloud-based solution for their needs. In addition, even for those without a lot of cash on hand have options. Utilize Google Drive and Dropbox as their primary or secondary mode of such use. Each is free usage. Furthermore, keep each in mind as you proceed.This list isn’t comprehensive. However, it allows firms of all sizes a jumping off point in making their communications ones that can and should be above reproach or worry. This pays for itself many times over. One less thing on your plate. Furthermore, each bit of security is key for your firm.

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