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How should your municipality respond when a worker gets hurt?

There are a variety of reasons that employers, including municipalities, are sued. One of the more common ones why they face legal action is because employers fail to take the necessary steps that they should take when a worker gets hurt on the job. While the exact steps an employer may need to take may vary by jurisdiction, there are some general procedures any business entity must follow no matter where their headquarters is.

Understanding sovereign immunity

There are some who might argue that people are more hesitant to bring claims against government or municipal agencies because the thought of battling it out with such organizations may seem daunting. On the other hand, as the representative of such an agency, your experience may have shown you that people see state and local governments as easy targets. Many in your same situation often come to us here at Stockton, Barker & Mead, LLP questioning exactly what rights their employees have when bringing claims against their agencies. They often cite a legal principle that is widely misunderstood: sovereign immunity. 

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