EMPLOYER RESPONSIBLE FOR DANGEROUS MOSQUITO BITE
WEST NILE VIRUS
As a general rule, employers have a duty to provide their employees with a safe place to work. A recent mosquito bite case may help define just how far that duty goes.
The suit was brought by a worker who had been bitten by a mosquito. Unfortunately, the mosquito-carried the West Nile Virus and the worker contracted encephalitis. As a result, he suffered a severe loss of cognitive function, and he can no longer walk without a cane.
HE SUED HIS EMPLOYER
He sued his employer, a railroad. The evidence showed that the railroad knew of the dangers mosquitos presented but that it had neither warned the employees nor provided those who were working outside and around mosquito-infested areas with bug spray.
The railroad argued that there was no evidence showing that the worker had got a mosquito bite while working, that it had no duty to protect its employees from “wild” animals, and that in any case, the danger that someone working outside might be bitten by a mosquito is well known.
The parties initially had trouble finding 12 jurors willing to consider whether the employer should be held liable, but once the jury was seated, the trial took just a few days. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the worker for over $780,000.
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Above all, mosquitoes can spread deadly viruses, learn how to prevent mosquito bites from the Centers for Disease Control.