Whether injured in a car accident, by a defective product, in a slip and fall, or any circumstance in which a company was negligent, compensation could be recoverable through a personal injury claim. But there can be a lot of uncertainty about filing a lawsuit against a business, especially if it’s a large corporation. Understanding some of the differences between suing a small business and a much larger one can help.
Differences between Filing a Lawsuit against a Small Business versus a Large Corporation
1. Can you sue? Some large companies (but not all) may require its clients or customers sign waivers that state they must enter arbitration if there is a dispute. This may be included in contract language or service agreements that consumers accept when purchasing or using a product or service. This may not be the case with smaller companies that do not require such language in their agreements.
2. Class action lawsuit. If there are several parties involved, you may be a part of a class action suit. This typically affects larger corporations, such as a manufacturer that mass produced a product that caused injury to others. This type of lawsuit would be handled differently than a personal injury claim
3. Legal representation. Unlike larger corporations, smaller businesses don’t usually have a team of corporate lawyers. This doesn’t necessarily mean the corporate lawyers always win and the small businesses’ attorneys always lose. Nevertheless, facing a company with extensive legal resources can feel overwhelming.
No matter the differences or challenges that may exist, the decision to file a personal injury claim against a company or business – whatever the size – generally requires legal representation. Don’t delay seeking legal advice to learn if you have a case and if so, the types of damages you can seek. Contact the Law Offices of Julie Johnson at (214) 290-8001.