Is my employer responsible for damages to my personal vehicle in its parking lot from its equipment?

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Is my employer responsible for damages to my personal vehicle in its parking lot from its equipment?

My employer has a secured parking lot with assigned parking areas. The company ladders were being inspected.I parked my vehicle and left in my company truck for the day and when I came back that evening I found some ladders next to my vehicle with one that fell and hit and dented my fender. I took pictures and called my manager. The next day came and I was told it had to go through the GM and take a few days. Every 2 days I would ask about it and I got the same answer the GM was busy. finally I talked to the GM who said that he don’t think they will do anything for me.

Asked on April 6, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Assuming the ladder  fell due  to negligence (or carelessness) on the part of some employee of your employer, your employer should be liable for  the cost to repair. (If no negligence were involved--for example, the ladder was well-secured, but unusually high winds knocked it over--the employer would not be liable.) However, if the employer will not pay voluntarily, you would need to sue to recover the compensation, which may not be worth it.


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