Fellow Virginia attorney Tim Hughes has provided six simple (but excellent) tips that businesses can follow to reduce the likelihood of getting sued. Among Tim’s pointers are to be likeable, honest, and to document everything. Tim’s post was in response to an article by mediator Victoria Pynchon, who provides an insightful perspective on how mismanaging risk can increase the odds of a lawsuit.
I couldn’t agree more with Tim and Victoria. Although lawsuits are often the price of doing business (if you are in business long enough, chances are you will eventually get sued), you can take proactive steps that will not only reduce the probability of getting sued but will substantially reduce your potential liability in the unfortunate event that you are sued.