How does the employer-employee relationship affect a wrongful death case?

It is important for any wrongful death attorney to consider all potential defendants who may be held legally responsible for a victim's death in the event that an at-fault party was on the job at the time of the fatal incident. 

If the at-fault party was acting within the course of his or her employment when the accident occurred, this may allow for a separate claim against that person’s employer. This is sometimes known as the “Master-Servant Rule.”

For example, employee works for a delivery company and causes an auto accident and injures a third party. If that employee was in the course and scope of his employment, his employer may also be liable to the injured party. The injured party can then pursue a legal claim against both the employee and employer.

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Christopher M. Davis is principal attorney and founder of Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, WA.