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What To Do If Your Business is Being Sued—Experienced Business Litigation Lawyer Offers Advice

The Harding Law Firm - Friday, September 20, 2013


Being sued can be one of the risks of running your own business. Experienced business litigation lawyer, Charles Harding advises on what you need to know and also what you should do if your business is being sued.

 

Who can sue you

You may receive a ‘Summons and Complaint’ from a customer complaining about your product or service, the credit card company regarding unpaid bills, a competitor who claims what you’re doing isn’t fair competition, an employee who may feel that they have not been treated right, the IRS and many others.

Common reasons why businesses get sued

Not registering or properly establishing the business under the legal system requirements, avoiding or inaccurately reporting income and tax returns, copyright, patent and/or trademark infringements, employee harassment, or not following the proper employment laws regarding salary, retention, benefits, etc.

Advice on how you should respond

Being sued can be an extremely stressful experience. Charles Harding recommends staying calm, carefully evaluating your options and contacting a business litigation lawyer before responding to any claims against you and your business.

If your business is being sued, there are 5 important steps you should follow:

  • Contact your business lawyer as soon as possible and provide details of the lawsuit.
  • Be aware of the deadline for responding to the lawsuit. In most cases, you will be required to respond within days. However, it may be shorter, so it’s important you carefully read the Summons and have it checked by a business litigation lawyer as soon as you receive it.
  • Notify your insurance agent. If your business has a general liability or any other protection policy in place, it may be able to help you with your case. Review exactly what you qualify for along with your business litigation lawyer and insurance agent.
  • Which brings us to the next step – it’s a good idea to get your business lawyer and insurance agent to work together to evaluate your options. Settlement, mediation or a countersuit - what is the best option for your business?
  • Whichever way you decide to respond to the lawsuit, know what to expect next. Prepare for the worst case scenario and be ready to go to trial and fight it out. This can be a lengthy, stressful and expensive process, so ensure you choose an experienced business litigation lawyer to maximize your chances of success.


Contact Charles Harding business litigation lawyer to find out more about Harding Law’s commercial litigation services. Call 518-384-3400 to book a free consultation today!

Construction Injury Lawyer - Charles Harding Offers Construction Site Safety Tips

The Harding Law Firm - Monday, September 16, 2013


A construction site is a high-risk, accident prone workplace due to the nature of the work involved. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction is the most dangerous industry in terms of the number and rate of fatal occupational injuries. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/cfch0009.pdf).

 

Despite the strict safety laws in New York City, many job site accidents still happen due to poor safety in the workplace. Work injury lawyer, Charles Harding strongly recommends that construction workers take extra care and follow the safety tips outlined below:

 

  • When using tools and equipment: For each task, use the appropriate tools. Avoid taking shortcuts.
  • When you are on the scaffold, climbing ladders and stairs, or working high above the ground: Always ensure that the scaffolds, ladders, stairs are dry, stable, clean and away from any obstructions before you mount. It’s also important to check that each item can hold the required weight.
  • When operating cranes and forklifts: Make sure you are always aware of your own safety, other people nearby and your surroundings, especially when using powerful operating tools, heavy machinery and large vehicles.
  • Chemical and electrical safety tips: Chemical spills, leakages, exposed electrical cables and power sources are all extremely high hazard points at a job site and should  be clearly labeled and carefully monitored at all times.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE): Arm yourself with the appropriate protective gear and equipment. Reduce your risk of work strain and injury by ensuring you are comfortable carrying out tasks and asking your co-workers for help when required.

How A Construction Injury Lawyer Can Help When You Suffer A Workplace Injury

 Did you know? It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure you are safe and unharmed while working. In the state of New York, there are strict safety laws in place to protect construction workers in case of job site accidents and injuries. However, this is often neglected. Many construction sites operate with minimal care and poor safety standards at the job site. This can be avoided by properly following safety laws and regulations.

 

A construction lawyer can help you by ensuring:

 

  • You know your legal rights if you’re hurt while working
  • You receive the compensation you deserve. A good work injury lawyer will find the best way to ensure you receive the best compensation under the New York legal system
  • Choose a construction injury lawyer who is experienced in personal injury lawsuits
  • Once you find an attorney you would like to work with, request independent testimonials from clients that have successfully obtained compensation as a result of working with the construction injury lawyer

 

With over 30 year’s experience, Charles Harding, construction injury lawyer can ensure you and your loved ones are properly protected. If you’ve suffered a workplace accident, please contact us about your personal injury claim. Call us today at 518-384-3400 to book a free consultation!