57% of lawsuits effect companies making less than $1 million in revenue. 1 in 3 small business owners are sued or threatened with a law suit. Bolt Insurance developed an infographic for entrepreneurs and business owners to learn more about the most common lawsuits that small businesses face, how much it may cost them, and how they can protect themeselves.
- $100 billion: How much small businesses spend on legal action in the U.S. annually
- 25%: Number of harassment claims has risen since 2006
- $404 Million: Price to settle discrimination related law suits each year
- 104 Billion: Annual cost to settle tort liability
FIVE WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS:
- NEVER BE SURPRISED Acknowledge the possibility of a lawsuit and takes steps to prevent it. Work to identify the areas of your business that are vulnerable as most lawsuits are preventable with an honest assessment of your business.
- GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING: You can’t close a deal on a handshake, it must be done in writing – painstaking as it may be. Details, such as deadlines and costs, can be fudged later if it is not in writing.
- INVESTIGATE AND DOCUMENT IT: When a client or employee has a complaint do something about it! Investigate and document the investigation. Consult with an attorney to discuss your findings and weigh the potential for settlement in a tricky situation.
- INVEST NOW RATHER THAN PAYING LATER: The cost of legal support is not cheap, but it is better than a multi-million dollar settlement later
- BUY INSURANCE: Liability claims costs companies billions every year; liability insurance can lessen or eliminate the potential for a massive claim against your small business.
Via: BOLT Insurance