If an employee fell off the dock but “caution wet floor” signs were posted, does she have the right for compensation?

Asked on September 24, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Texas


Michael Jacobson / M.A. Jacobson, P.S., Inc.

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

In Washington State, the employees sole remedy for an injury caused by the  neglect or carelessness of an employer is a worker compensaton claim.  Bottom line-- the employer cannot be sued for this type of injury.      RATIONALE:  The worker compensation remedy is intended to be quicker and focus the inquiry on restoring working capacity and resuming employment.  A compromise was extracted in order to achieve this benefit--long term or permanent injuries are compensated at a more modest rate under the worker compensation program than one might see in courtroom litigation addressing such an injury.  

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