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Libel for damages

I left my job for a new job. I had an accident at work. I was leaving on the company truck
to make a delivery. I opened the door to leave and as I was driving out the door came
down and I damaged the door but no damage to the truck. The company is planning to
sue me for a new door and damage to the truck. Am I libel for damages even if I was
using a company truck, was on company property and time?

Asked on March 16, 2016 under Accident Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

IF you were negligent or careless in damaging the door and truck (or did it deliberately/intentionally, for that matter), you can be liable for any costs to repair. The fact that you were on company property and time does not mean that you are not responsible for your damage IF you were at fault--that is the key factor: you are only liable under the law if at fault, which means acting negligently (carelessly) or intentionally causing damage.


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