Hiring a Contractor and Avoiding a Lawsuit

Class action lawsuits in the landscape industry are obviously quite rare, but unfortunately individual lawsuits can be quite common. Many times these type of lawsuits can involve serious bodily harm, which is always unfortunate but a reality of that industry. We have a friend involved in Lipitor Lawsuits that was having some tree service work done on her farm, and one of the employees seriously injured his leg while working.

My friend, Susan, got involved in a lawsuit by this employee even though she had really nothing to do with what happened. It turns out the company was doing a lot of tree removal on their farm, and a new employee was not properly trained on how to cut down these large oak trees. One of the trees fell on his leg resulting in a compound fracture, and nearly severed his leg above the knee.

This particular company had been doing tree removal work for a number of years, and had always done very good work. They had tree cutting technicians who are very well versed in the use of chain saws and cutting equipment. However, they ran short on labor one day and hired a new employee who went straight to the job site. So he was not properly trained entry service techniques, resulting in a serious injury.

This would certainly be considered a frivolous lawsuit as Susan had nothing to do with the accident. But it does really indicate the importance of hiring the correct contractor for your home repair needs. Susan said she had use this company for more than 10 years, and they were a top notch tree service company. Even still, it shows how important is to make sure that you have all of the required insurance because you never know when you might be sued.

When hiring a landscape, lawn service, or tree service company, it is imperative that you hire a company with a solid reputation and make for us than for a certificate of insurance. Make sure this certificate is not expired and contains at least one million dollars of liability insurance, as well as an active workers comp policy. This will make sure that you are protected in the event that an employee is injured.

So many homeowners are not aware of this law, and they hire the company that is not properly insured and when an employee gets hurt on their property they are now liable. This situation can have catastrophic financial consequences. It is imperative that this insurance is confirmed.

Here is a quick video on how to hire a contractor in the correct way and avoid trouble, especially a lawsuit! But most importantly, to protect yourself if you don’t know this contractor.

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Subway Subs – Not Quite 12″

This is a class action lawsuit that affects us nearly all.  If you have ever been to Subway, then you know that their subs come in either 6″ or 12″.  This is where the trouble comes in.  Subway was hit with a class action lawsuit for not selling the correct way of subs.  Apparently, many of their customers felt they were being ripped off for ordering subs that were often times 1″ short.

Believe it or not, this is typical of the class action lawsuits that happen every day in the United States.  Some people might think that this is a frivolous suit, however the bottom line is that people want full value for the money they pay.

In many ways this is not a bad thing.  It forces huge corporations to not take shortcuts to save money at the expense of the consumer.  We seriously doubt that Subway intentionally cut short the length of their subs in order to make money.  However, it does go to the larger point that these companies must fulfill their obligations to the consumer, and that is never a bad thing.

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