Co-Employee Gross Negligence

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Iowa law generally protects employers from claims outside of the context of workers’ compensation rights and remedies. There are, however, exceptions to the rule. One such exception is the right to sue a co-worker for gross negligence.

Iowa Code 85.20 permits an injured worker (or the estate of a deceased worker) to file a lawsuit against “any other employee of such employer.” But to do so, you must be able to prove that the injury or death was caused by the other employee’s “gross negligence amounting to such lack of care as to amount to wanton neglect for the safety of another.”

We at the Beattie Law Firm have experience in handling co-employee gross negligence claims. There is no doubt that these are very difficult cases. However, we have had success in advocating for our clients under 85.20 gross negligence claims.

If you have questions about a work injury or death, or would like to know more about co-employee gross negligence claims, please feel free to contact us. We use the slogan “one call, that’s all.” And we hope that the one call to us will help answer all of your questions following your work injury.