One of the beauties of the American judicial system is that no one is above the law, no one too royal or company too big to be beyond the threat of a lawsuit if they cause an individual harm. Unfortunately, when a private individual suffers harm because of a major corporation, they often worry that their lawsuit is dead before it starts. After all, is it even possible to sue big businesses, practically speaking?
If you find yourself in just this dilemma, there is good news. Yes, it is possible to sue big businesses. However, you may face a long road ahead, and should be sure you know what to expect before you begin.
One of the wisest things you can do in this instance is set up a consultation with an experienced attorney. With the guidance of a professional, you can explore each aspect of your claim and build a personalized strategy for fighting your David-and-Goliath battle.
Understand the grounds of your claim
One of the primary difficulties that many private individuals face when bringing a suit against a big business is that large corporations keep legal teams on retainer for the specific purpose of defending their legal interests. Many people who may have legitimate claims against a major corporation simply never file them because they believe they don't stand a chance against big corporate lawyers.
If you have a legitimate claim, you can find an attorney who will work on your behalf without asking for payment up front. Not all attorneys will do this, but an attorney that you want working by your side fighting a big company should have this option. You want to work with an attorney who understands the true scope of the suit and is prepared to go the distance with you.
High quality legal counsel also helps you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your claim, and won't encourage you to pursue the suit if he or she believes that you are not grounded in a strong legal position.
Understand the scope of the lawsuit
Before you bring a lawsuit against a big company, be sure you have a reasonable, realistic idea of how long the suit may last. Major corporations rarely prefer to settle these matters quickly if it doesn't pose a major public relations problem for them.
You may have a good chance of seeing justice prevail, but it will probably take months, or maybe years. Even with the facts on your side, justice often takes time.