4 Common Consumer Protection Mistakes

stockfresh_8439488_keyboard-with-blue-keypad-consumer-protection-3d-illustration_sizeS-300x200Consumer protection laws are designed to protect consumers from unfair or deceptive practices. Unfortunately, filing a consumer complaint is only sometimes straightforward, and people make several common errors when navigating this process. We will share four of the most common challenges the consumer deals with.


1. One of the biggest mistakes people make is failing to document their complaints in writing. It is critical to keep detailed records of all correspondence with the vendor, including dates, times, and contact information. All emails, letters, and receipts related to any transaction can help build a compelling case for the consumer. Additionally, it is essential to have accurate information about the company since inaccurate information can drag out or derail the case.


2. People need to provide more evidence in support of their consumer protection claim. When filing a complaint, including as much evidence as possible to ensure a successful outcome is essential. Photographic proof of damaged goods or services rendered, copies of contracts and agreements signed by the parties involved, emails sent to them both parties before any issues began, and so on. Insufficient evidence can make it difficult for investigators to prove wrongdoing. Even if consumer protection law violations have been established, it might not be possible to punish the offender without enough evidence.


3. Another mistake many people make with a consumer protection complaint is waiting too long before taking action. It can lead to problems down the line because of the statute of limitations specific states have imposed on certain types of complaints like fraud or breach of contract. The length of the statute of limitation varies from state to state. Therefore, it is necessary to act quickly and with sufficient time to have the complaint reviewed and appropriately investigated.


4. A final mistake people make is assuming they cannot afford legal help when they file a consumer protection complaint. Companies with group legal plans help employees seek justice in a consumer complaint issue. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services works with clients of all sizes and provides their employees with great benefits. We have a group legal plan where consumer protection assistance is one of the options.


The Best Legal Talent

 Our nationwide network of attorneys enables group legal plan members to get in touch with some of the best assistance possible. Our attorneys are recruited for legal expertise and emotional intelligence. Every group legal plan member is treated with respect and courtesy.


Consumer protection complaints can be challenging. Consequently, we give our attorneys the necessary tools to do an adequate job. We permit Countrywide attorneys to make telephone calls and write letters on legal stationery for the benefit of our plan members. We also allow a plan member to make as many telephone calls as necessary to a Countrywide attorney on a given subject. There is no charge for that. These are pre-paid legal services that pay rich dividends.


A Matter of Choice 

 Not all our plans meet the particular needs of the client’s workforce. We work with clients to design a unique plan that meets the organization’s needs. We explain to all the organization’s decision-makers those pre-paid legal services that will be part of their group legal plan document. The choices are included in the final draft. Countrywide goes one step further by providing streamlined administration and superior member services for our clients. We receive great compliments from our existing clients for the benefit their employees receive.


Consumer protection does not have to be an endless maze of bureaucracy. A Countrywide attorney can assist a person in gathering information and taking all the proper steps in processing the claim. If you want to know more about what we can do for your employees, please contact us at your earliest convenience. We would like to answer your questions about our pre-paid legal services.