What Is Needed To Succeed With A Common Law Claim?
Duty of Care
Generally to succeed in a claim for negligence the injured worker needs to show that the employer, or any other negligent party, who they believe caused or contributed to the injury:
- Owed the injured worker a duty of care;
- Breached that duty of care; and
- The injured worker suffered loss or damage as a result of the breach.
A simple definition of the term ‘duty of care’ – all reasonable care must be taken whilst performing an act that could foreseeably harm others.
An employer normally owes a duty of care to an employee both in common law and due to the operation of Acts like the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and the Occupiers Liability Act 1985.
- Trying to determine a breach of the duty of care in any individual case is a complex matter requiring an examination of all the circumstances and factual information leading up to the time of the actual injury.
- A very simple example of a breach of the duty of care by an employer would be something like:
- The employer directed the employee to use an electric drill which was known by the employer to have faulty wiring and the worker received an electric shock causing injury and damage.
Negligence of the employee does not automatically bar a common law claim as all aspects of the claim need a thorough investigation before that can be determined.
To succeed at trial you need to have the judge find that you have at least a 15% whole person impairment and the employers negligent actions contributed to your injury and loss.
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