While suing isn’t always the right answer, there are some situations when litigation is your only option to make things right. A lawsuit can solve a problem, punish a wrongdoer, and even save your business or family from financial ruin. In any case, you need an experienced team of lawyers by your side to see you through. In this article, we’ll discuss some situations when it might be appropriate to pursue litigation.
Breach of Contract
Everyone has signed at least one contract in their lives. Most people are part of many different contractual obligations even though they don’t always realize it. While there’s rarely a reason to sue when you try to cancel your cell phone contract, a breach of contract can come with unpleasant side effects in the world of business.
If your company hires a contractor to fulfill certain duties and they don’t get the job done right or on time, your business could suffer severe financial losses. Depending on the contract you signed, the contractor may be liable or they may not be. It’s a good idea to review any business contracts with your lawyer to protect your company ahead of time. Of course, an attorney is also necessary to enforce these legal contracts and take the person to court if they don’t comply.
Even though discrimination and harassment isn’t allowed in the workplace, it still happens. Whether you were discriminated against during the hiring process or trying to score a promotion, it’s possible that litigation should be your next step. It’s important to gather evidence and collect the information of witnesses to support your claim in court.
Employment matters can also deal with the all-important matter of payment. IF an employer is not processing your paycheck or even bouncing their checks, you may need to consult with an attorney. There may also be a disagreement about your employment status. For example, it’s possible that you’re working as a contractor when the employer should classify you as an employee and deduct the appropriate taxes.
As much as individuals may argue with each other, there are also disputes on a corporate level. When businesses disagree, it often takes a team of lawyers to untangle everything. Business disputes often involve significant sums of money, market share, or unfair competition. Most situations are quite complicated, too, especially since applicable state laws can vary widely from region to region.
To prevent disputes from arising, it’s best to talk to an attorney before you start involving yourself with another company. Well-written contracts can spell out the details of your business relationship and prevent litigation down the road. Of course, some disputes aren’t arising as the result of working with another company at all. It is quite possible that another business has committed infringement or similarly tried to undermine your business. In that case, it’s important to take quick action to prevent lost sales or a bad reputation.
Real Estate Deals
Real estate transactions are complicated. You need an attorney for every deal, because you want the contract to be thoroughly reviewed. When individuals buy and sell houses, they often use a lawyer versed in real estate. If you’re selling, buying, or renting homes for a living, you should definitely use an experienced attorney to help you with these transactions.
Real estate deals can go sour, too. It could be that you discover a huge plumbing problem after you purchase the house. Even if the house was sold as is – which is common with real estate – it’s quite possible that the seller knew about the issue and didn’t disclose it to you. If the plumber you hire confirms your suspicions, you have a good reason to pursue litigation and recover the costs of repairs from the seller.
Getting hurt is part of life, but sometimes injury could have been prevented. While you don’t need to sue anyone if you clumsily trip over your own feet, it’s different if your accident is the result of someone else’s carelessness. For example, if a construction site isn’t properly blocked off or a product has been manufactured poorly, you or a loved one could get hurt through no fault of your own. In that case, litigation can help you recover related medical expenses and prevent others from getting hurt through the same means.
Sometimes it’s necessary to pursue civil litigation. If you think you might have a case, we recommend giving our office a call. Our attorneys will review the details of your case with you and help you determine the best course of action.