In this capitalistic atmosphere we call the United States, it is not at all uncommon for the financial marketplace and the legislative circle to collide. Every successful business plan is drafted with a line reserved for legal services. The reason for this is simple really, human error can cause unexpected damage and the results could be financially crippling. Hiring a criminal defense lawyer to trudge through the mishaps that lead to misfortune is the best way to safeguard your company’s future.
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When looking at wrongful death lawsuits alone, thousands of companies have been sued for negligence as a result of one or more employee mistakes. In March of 2014, automotive manufacturing powerhouse GM joined the ranks of companies facing wrongful death lawsuits. General Motors, commonly referred to as GM has been cranking out vehicles for more than a century. They’re responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of Chevy, Cadillac and Buick just to name a few. The company is now under criminal investigation for a faulty ignition switch that claimed the lives of thirteen known victims. What authorities really want to know is why this switch wasn’t replaced ten years ago, when documented evidence insinuates the fact that GM was aware of the problem.
Running a successful business is no minor task. Even a small, independently owned business with less than 50 employees will see its share of legal woes, most of which will probably be caused by human error. San Francisco based company Uber, an internet run ride sharing establishment, is currently under criminal investigation after it was alleged that one of their drivers fatally struck a six year old pedestrian in a crosswalk. The tragic death of the six year old has called public attention to internet run transportation service companies in general and more cases like this could go to trial in the future.
The fact of the matter is that disaster always strikes eventually, be it a storm, a collision, a faulty switch, a missing wire or anything in between. Keeping track of individual employee actions, in addition to performing regular maintenance, balancing accounts and schedules, and abiding by every single business law that passes through legislation in the meantime, can be extremely difficult to pull off alone. One misstep down the chain of command could land you in a courtroom and a Guilty verdict could land you in a jail cell. Even if the criminal charges don’t stick, the cost of being ill prepared could be bankruptcy for you and your business.
While human error, legally referred to as negligence, is often the cause for criminal and civil lawsuits, natural disasters play a part in these situations as well. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, 170 subpoenas were issued against local businesses who were accused of price gauging and taking advantage of Hurricane Sandy victims after the perilous storm swept through the state of New Jersey. Tiny actions such as raising costs, mislabeling products, over and/or under scheduling employees, not providing the correct healthcare coverage and so much more can lead to massive lawsuits that can send businesses under financially. Not hiring a criminal defense lawyer is a luxury no company can afford. Having a criminal defense lawyer on hand just in case is a much more advisable strategy.
Michael D. Leader is a criminal lawyer with Fort Lauderdale law firm Leader & Leader P.A. specializing in all forms of criminal law, Leader and partner George Leader offer years of legal experience and commitment to ethics.