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Alabama: Substantially Certain Tort Claim Fails Against Co-Employees

August 03, 2021 (1 min read)

Utilizing the co-employee “intentional injury” exception to Alabama’s exclusive remedy rule [see Ala. Code § 25-5-11(b)], the Supreme Court of Alabama affirmed a trial court’s decision to grant summary judgment in favor of two co-employee/defendants in a civil action filed against them by an injured worker. The worker sustained severe burns when the employer began using a process of mixing materials that produced a chemical reaction and explosion that splashed molten lead onto the claimant. The worker contended his co-employees engaged in conduct that was substantially certain to cause injury. The Supreme Court found that the plaintiff worker had failed to show any actual evidence that the co-employees intended him harm. Moreover, there was no evidence that the co-employees were aware that the employment actions were substantially certain to result in harm to the plaintiff.

Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the co-Editor-in-Chief and Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter, is co-author of Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law(LexisNexis).

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See Means v. Glover, 2021 Ala. LEXIS 55 (June 4, 2021)

See generally Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 111.02[1], note 4.

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