An Unexpected Liability You May Not Know

Physician's Money Digest, January 2007, Volume 14, Issue 1

According to a recent article in the Employment Law newsletter, you can be sued for an employee's commuting accidents. If an employee feels ill or is impaired in any way to drive, you may be found liable for any accidents they cause if an employee can prove that their job contributed to the accident. In the medical profession especially, many physicians or staff workers put in long, busy hours. Fatigue can impair an employee's driving ability. While you or your company can only be held liable if the employee acts within the course of employment, liability could fall in your lap if you could have foreseen any potential risk and did not prevent them from driving home. It is important to pay attention to illnesses and injury complaints related to work, and if needed, provide transportation for your employee—calling a cab, friend, or family member to drive them home may protect you against any possible legal ramifications.