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How employers can be sued for employee actions

On Behalf of | Jul 14, 2020 | Personal Injury

n a personal injury case, the goal for a plaintiff is to be able to find a way to hold the employer responsible for the harm caused by their employee. This allows the plaintiff to access deeper pockets and a larger insurance policy. Here are four ways that an employer can be held liable for the acts of their employee.

Employers can be sued for negligent hiring. They have a duty to screen their employees before they hire them which could include performing background checks. They should also take the time to learn whether a prospective employee would cause undue risk of harm to the public and should learn that before they are hired and placed on the job. If they hire the employee and realize that they are a danger, the employee has a duty to correct it. Otherwise, they may be liable for negligent retention.

Negligent training occurs when the employee is not given the proper instruction on how to safely and adequately perform their job. The employer has an obligation to train the employee to complete their duties in a safe manner. Finally, an employer can be sued for negligent supervision because they have a duty to keep watch over their employees to ensure that they are acting safely. They must reasonably control and monitor their employees so that they are not harming anyone else.

Those who have been injured by an employee of any company or organization may be entitled to substantial financial compensation. They should contact a personal injury lawyer to learn more about their legal rights and how they may file their own lawsuit against the responsible party. The attorney could draft the legal complaint and engage in settlement discussions with the defendant as they pursue money on behalf of their injured client.