Learning about the law

What is a lawsuit

Simply put, a lawsuit is the term used when someone is suing another person in civil court for damages, usually caused by negligence, or breach of an agreement that causes some sort of loss to the plaintiff. With thorough awareness and knowledge of how lawsuits come about and why awards are granted to victims, anyone can take measures to avoid a potential lawsuit.

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Can you actually prevent a lawsuit?

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Types of judgment awards

In most civil lawsuit cases, a judge will award the actual value of the loss. In more severe cases, things can be quite different. For example, in Texas an El Paso personal injury lawyer may ask for compensation for the amount of actual losses including mental or physical injury, general damages such as pain and suffering or loss of the use of property, and punitive damages meant to punish the defendant for carelessness.

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avoiding personal lawsuits

There are countless reasons for being sued but a majority of them are common and can be avoided. If you are a homeowner, make sure your home is safe. Check for tripping hazards, slippery surfaces, overhanging obstructions, exposed electrical wiring, faulty appliance installations, and sharp edges. If you have a swimming pool, install safety covers or fences and make sure your pool electrical is safe.

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avoiding business lawsuits

Business owners are even more susceptible to lawsuits. Store managers should create a detailed safety checklist and inspect items from that list regularly. Safety courses are available for business owners to learn about potential dangers within their facilities. Employees should attend job safety meetings with management several times a year. If your business is mobile, adopt defensive driving habits.

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Breach of contract lawsuits

Whether you are a private citizen or a business owner, you can be sued for breach of contract if you don’t follow the terms and conditions of a contract you signed. If you stop making payments on your credit card or ignore the “no pets” clause in your rental agreement, you can be sued for breach of contract. Always read contracts thoroughly and make sure you understand each condition. Ask an attorney for help if necessary.