If I was injured on my employer’s property walking back to my housing unit, are they liable for my medical bills?

I slipped on gravel walking back to my housing unit after my shift. I live on the property where I work for the summer. Are they liable for my medical bills?

Asked on July 10, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

They are not liable because you are their employee or were on their property: employers and property owners/renters are only liable when they are "at fault" in causing an injury--that is, when they caused it by an intentional wrongful act or through negligence (or unreasonable carelessness). IF, for example, you slipped due to an intrinsically unsafe condition which your employer should have been aware of and fixed--e.g. a large pot- or chuckhole in the path or road or lot upon which you were wallking, which you or someone else had reported to them previously, so they knew it had to be fixed--that could make them liable; they would be liable for allowing an unsafe condition to persist despite knowing of it. But if there were not at fault in causing your fall, they are not liable.


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