Can a contractor sue a worker for an accidental cut in a utility line?

A phone line was accidentally cut when they were digging.

Asked on August 29, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, South Carolina


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, anyone who accidentally damages or destroys another property, or otherwise negligently (carelessly) causes another to incur costs or expenses, can be sued by that person for the costs or damage he or she caused--even if that person was an employee or or other worker. Negligently (or, for that matter, intentionally) damaging another's property or causing them costs makes you financially responsble for what you did.

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