Can a co-worker sue me for falling on a wet floor I mopped if signs were up?

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Can a co-worker sue me for falling on a wet floor I mopped if signs were up?

Also, can my job fire saying i am a liability to the company. This is the second person that has has fallen on a floor i mopped. I was given the task to mop the floors before leaving and I always but proper per signage up where the floors are wet.

Asked on August 5, 2012 under Personal Injury, North Carolina

Answers:

Leigh Anne Timiney / Timiney Law Firm

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You are not liable for injuries your co worker may have suffered after their fall.  If you are following your company procedures with respect to safety and a co worker suffers an injury, this is not your liability.  It sounds like your co worker does have a valid workers compensation claim with respect to their fall.  Whether or not you can be fired depends upon the laws of your state.  In a "right to work" state, an employer can fire you for really any reason or no reason, with a few exceptions.  If you are concerned or have been fired, I would suggest you contact an employment law attorney in your area and seek a consultation.  


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