Connecticut employers may be liable for any harm that their employees cause under the theory of negligent entrustment. The theory says that employers are responsible for ensuring that competent people use potentially dangerous items like a car or gun. Failing to do so may be seen as a violation of their duty of care to an injured victim.
What steps might employers take to minimize their liability?
An employer might be able to minimize its liability by conducting background checks on anyone who is given a gun, knife or similar object. Companies might also consider creating formal hiring policies or implementing training programs to weed out those who may not be physically or mentally capable to work as a driver or security guard. These programs can also provide less experienced individuals with the tools needed to deescalate a situation or otherwise minimize the risk of an accident occurring.
Training programs should be implemented regardless of the law
State or federal law may determine who is qualified to drive a vehicle or serve in other capacities within an organization. However, even if state or federal laws don’t apply to a given business, it’s still a good idea to have hiring and training policies in place. In addition to limiting a company’s liability, it may also reduce the risk of a costly workplace accident or personal injury claim.
If you are injured in an accident caused by a company vehicle or while on a commercial property, you may be entitled to compensation. However, this is only true if the defendant acted in a negligent manner. It may be possible to use witness statements, medical records and other lines of evidence to show that this is true in your matter.