In a perfect world people would be able to resolve their disputes on their own, or even avoid disputes in the first place. However, this world is flawed and many people are not able to correct their problems on their own. Instead, they have to go through the legal system to find a solution for even the simplest of disputes. This is why you always need to be on the lookout for a lawsuit. It is vital that you protect yourself and know what to do to ensure that you are not a target for lawsuits. Here are some things you should do to protect yourself.
1. Always Assume The Worst, So Get Proof
Although this may sound pessimistic you should always assume the worst when doing business or an activity with someone. For example, if you are building a shared fence with your neighbor you should prepare yourself for problems with the deal. From the beginning you should keep track of all of the correspondence, contracts that you might have, and any communication that the two of you have. Try to communicate through emails or paper trails. This will only protect you if there is a problem.
Obviously you would hope that the deal will go through easily, but that doesn't mean that you don't prepare for the worst.
2. Inform Everyone Of The Risks
It is important that you inform people about the risks of being on your property. For instance, if you have a swimming pool on your property and you have neighborhood kids over to swim you should be sure that they know that it is dangerous, and even have their parent there to supervise. You could put up a sign that informs them that there is no lifeguard and that swimming is dangerous. You could also put up a fence, and make an age limit to swimming alone. This will protect you if there is an unfortunate accident.
3. Don't Admit Fault
If there is some sort of accident on your property be sure that you don't admit fault. Don't say something like "I should have been watching them closer" or "If only we had a fence" and so forth. These statements can make it look like you were responsible for the accident, even if you weren't.
Generally saying you are sorry is not an admission of guilt. So you can apologize for the situation, but don't apologize for your actions.
These are just a couple things you need to know about protecting yourself. If you do end up facing a lawsuit, contact a personal injury attorney like Walz Law Office to help you.