Did you know that 15 million civil lawsuits are filed in the US every year?
Hopefully, no one ever decides to sue you or your company. But if that unfortunate day should come, how will you and your employees handle it?
Creating a positive work environment is a vital step, but it may not be enough when facing a sued suit. Do you know what happens if someone sues you and what steps to take to ensure you win?
In this post, we’ll discuss how hosting a mock trial can help you be ready when your court day comes. Read on to learn more!
No matter how carefully you run your business, you may find yourself facing the reality of a lawsuit. This could be from a disgruntled employee, an unhappy client, or even another business.
Although you may feel shocked or angry when you receive the suit papers, you can’t ignore them. Your very first step should be to consult with your attorney (if you have one) or hire an attorney if you don’t.
Be meticulous with your records and paperwork. Even something seemingly minor could make a major difference if your case goes to trial. Avoid direct contact with the plaintiff and channel all communication through your lawyers.
This is also the time to inform your insurance company of the lawsuit. Don’t assume that a general liability policy will automatically cover the case.
Once you’ve taken these necessary first steps, you then need to decide how to respond to the lawsuit and how best to proceed. This is where mock court training could mean the difference between winning and losing.
How a Mock Trial Will Help
Have you ever appeared before a judge or been asked to testify in a court of law?
If you have, you know how nerve-wracking the experience can be. But if you (or your employees) haven’t, how can you know what to expect?
This is where a mock trial can help you prepare for your court date. You’ll get the chance to see court proceedings first-hand and understand who gets questioned when (and by whom).
Are you or your employees prepared to offer effective and truthful testimony? Are you ready for any cross-examination that may come? Do you worry if one of your employees might buckle under pressure or respond in a way that hurts your case?
Hosting a mock trial will lay all these fears to rest. You’ll see how each of your staff members responds to being in the witness box. If there are any issues that need to be addressed, you’ll have plenty of time to prepare before the real trial begins.
Final Thoughts on a Sued Suit
As you can see, preparing for a sued suit is nothing to take lightly.
If someone is bringing a lawsuit against you or your company, it’s vital to take action. Do your research and host a mock trial so you have the best possible chance of being prepared on court day.
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