Something bad happened to you. Can you sue someone for it? Many people assume the answer is always Yes but I am here to tell you that No is possible too. You can’t always just sue someone. And here’s how that goes.
I play a game I call Phone Roullette: I answer my own phone at my office. Which means I encounter all manner of questions. Often, callers wonder if they can sue someone for something. If that someone is a car manufacturer and that something is a defective car, Come on Down!
Alas, not all my calls go that way and sometimes it is clear that people often think they can automatically sue someone simply because they - the caller - got hurt somehow. While damages are a necessity to a legal action, so is liability. And that is often the hard part for a non-lawyer to grasp.
So, I have done my best this week to explain Things You Can’t Sue For - and more importantly, Why. Some attorneys in the audience will be aghast at my condensing of the material into the 20-minute window but considering the subject matter, I think it works. So, here is the audio:
And the video:
The top pic? A vehicle at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. I don’t think the weiner is functional. And no, you can’t sue for that either.
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Steve Lehto has been practicing law for 23 years, almost exclusively in consumer protection and Michigan lemon law. He wrote The Lemon Law Bible and Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation.
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