If I’m a nurse and am required by my employer to transport a client in my personal vehicle, should I do this?

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If I’m a nurse and am required by my employer to transport a client in my personal vehicle, should I do this?

What is my potential liability?

Asked on October 1, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Your potential liability is if the client is in any way injured in your vehicle due to your driving carelessness (e.g. if you cause an accident), lack of vehicular maintenance, or because (given the client's medical condition) it was inappropriate or risky to transport him/her in your car, you could be liable for any and all injuries, harm, or costs you cause the client. This is potentially very risky for you. And most likely you would not be covered by your present auto insurance, since that insurance is almost certainly for non-commerical/non-business use of your car--you would need different or addtional insurance to cover this activity.


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