Major Differences of Suing a Small Business and a Large Corporation

Whether injured in a car accident, by a defective product, in a slip and fall, or in any circumstance in which a company was negligent, compensation could be recoverable through a personal injury claim. But there can be a lot of uncertainty about filing a lawsuit against a business, especially if it’s a large corporation. Understanding some of the differences between using a small business and a much larger one can help.

Differences between Filing a Lawsuit against a Small Business versus a Large Corporation

1. Can you sue?: Some large companies (but not all) may require its clients or customers to sign waivers that state they must enter arbitration if there is a dispute. This may be included in contract language or service agreements that consumers accept when purchasing or using a product or service. This may not be the case with smaller companies that do not require such language in their agreements.

2. Class action lawsuit: If there are several parties involved, you may be a part of a class-action suit. This typically affects larger corporations, such as a manufacturer that mass-produced a product that caused injury to others. This type of lawsuit would be handled differently than a personal injury claim

3. Legal representation: Unlike larger corporations, smaller businesses don’t usually have a team of corporate lawyers. This doesn’t necessarily mean the corporate lawyers always win and the small businesses’ attorneys always lose. Nevertheless, facing a company with extensive legal resources can feel overwhelming.

No matter the differences or challenges that may exist, the decision to file a personal injury claim against a company or business – whatever the size – generally requires legal representation. Don’t delay seeking legal advice to learn if you have a case and if so, the types of damages you can seek. Contact the Law Offices of Julie Johnson at 214-290-8001.

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