A personal injury lawsuit can be completely devastating.  If you are sued for someone’s injury, you could be forced to cover their medical bills and additional damages.  Here are some tips on how to prevent a personal injury lawsuit.

Avoiding a Personal Injury Lawsuit at your Home or Business

When people come to your home or business they do so with the understanding that your home or business is a safe place and it is your duty to warn them of any possible dangers.  If you do not do this, and someone gets injured, you could be held liable.  This is why it is very important that you post signs that alert people of possible danger and protect yourself from a personal injury lawsuit.  These signs include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Wet Floor
  • Beware of Dog
  • Watch Your Step

If your home or business involves guests participating in an activity that could lead to injury, it is equally important that you obtain waivers to release yourself from liability before allowing visitors to engage in the activity.  For example, if you have a large trampoline in your back yard or a zip line, you will want all visitors to sign a waiver before taking part in the activity.  If your business involves sports or similar dangerous activities such as ice skating or skiing, you should also request a liability waiver be signed prior to anyone engaging in the activity to protect yourself and your business from a personal injury lawsuit.

Avoiding a Personal Injury Lawsuit Outside of your Home or Business

Quite often, a personal injury lawsuit can occur because someone is not driving safely.  A negligent driver may run a stop sign or be texting while driving.  If they cause an accident then they may have to face a personal injury lawsuit.  It is extremely important to always drive carefully and exercise caution while behind the wheel.

You will want to act with reasonable care in all activities that you do.  Intentionally doing something dangerous that could result in others being injured also puts you at risk for a personal injury lawsuit.  Be aware of the laws in your area and act carefully.

Being Prepared for a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Despite our best efforts, sometimes it is difficult to foresee every circumstance.  As a result, accidents do happen.  It is extremely important to make sure that you have liability insurance.  While this does not prevent you from facing a personal injury lawsuit, it does help in the event of a case.  Your insurer will cover your legal fees and damages resulting from a lawsuit should one occur.

If you have questions about protecting yourself from a personal injury lawsuit, please call Schulman, Roth and Associates for a consultation.