What is negligent hiring?

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By Marcus Fernandez

Hiring a new employee can be a daunting task at times. It is an employers responsibility to be aware of the background and qualifications of a potential employee. Knowing a new hire’s past could help you and your business avoid any accidents caused by your employees. Often times you do not think about who is responsible for an injury from an accident before it happens. Fault for an accident can sometimes be placed on the employer if you are injured by one of their employees while they are working. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by an employee at a business and that business had knowledge or should have had knowledge of the likelihood of that employee to do harm, you may have a claim to negligent hiring.

In this video blog, Marcus Fernandez of Kinney, Fernandez & Boire PA explains what negligent hiring is and helps to provide clear examples of when this type of claim might be applicable.

“What is negligent hiring?” Vlog Transcript:

Negligent hiring is a theory of liability to hold an employer responsible for the actions of an employee. We oftentimes see this in trucking accident cases where an employer or commercial truck owner has hired someone who’s either not qualified to operate the vehicle or, even though they are qualified, have a number of violations involving traffic accidents, speeding, and a criminal background record. It’s another venue to hold the owner of the company or the owner of the vehicle liable for your damages. So if you’ve been injured in an accident involving a vehicle owned by a trucking company or owned by any type of corporation, you should reach out to an attorney who’s had experience handling those types of cases. For more information, go to kfblaw.com.

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