A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision has troubling implications for workers who get injured on the job. In Bowman v. Sunoco, an Allied Barton security guard was injured when she fell while working at a Sunoco gas station. In situations like that, injured workers often bring a “third party” claim against a negligent property owner.
However, the Supreme Court held that the security guard could not bring a third party lawsuit in that case because when she was first hired by the security company, she signed a disclaimer which waived any right to sue the security company’s clients. The Supreme Court rejected the plaintiff’s argument that the disclaimer was an invalid violation of public policy, and allowed the disclaimer to stand.
If you are a worker whose job requires you to work at third-party facilities, you should be extremely careful when signing any paperwork which may include disclaimers for personal injuries.
For more information about this recent decision and how it may affect your legal rights, please contact our Personal Injury Attorneys at Stark & Stark.