People’s tendency to get into accidents and suffer injuries is as old as civilization itself, as is the fact that sometimes the actions (or inactions) of others are to blame. While no one can go back and undo an injury, personal injury law provides a way for the injured to be “made whole” again. Relief for injuries usually comes in the form of monetary compensation, or “damages,” but remedies may also include things other than money (such as a judge’s order to take a particular action). Lawsuits for injuries often are settled out of court, before the court reaches a verdict.
FindLaw’s Accidents and Injuries section covers the broad legal practice area of injury law, which focuses on determining one or more party’s liability for the injuries of another. Injury (or “personal injury”) law addresses everything from car accidents and injuries caused by slippery shop floors, to dangerous consumer products
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Starting and running a small business requires a very broad skill set and nerves of steel. It’s not for everyone, and even successful entrepreneurs encounter failure from time to time. In order to help you stay ahead of the curve, FindLaw’s Small Business Law section covers everything from obtaining financing and hiring employees, to choosing the right insurance policies and filing taxes. Those who operate small businesses typically wear many different hats, but also must know when and how to seek help from others.
What Makes a Business a “Small” Business?
A small business owner may operate a convenience store, a plumbing service, a salon, a fast food franchise, or virtually any type of business in a given field. While there is no clear definition, small businesses share some common characteristics. They are independently owned and operated, organized for profit, and are not dominant in their field, as defined by
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