Can my family member sue his former employer for bed bug bites that he received at work?

HeI had to sign a form stating he would not disclose anythinghei saw while employed. But he was bitten by bed bugs and became ill (he's diabetic) and was discharged from his job because he was ill.

Saint Petersburg, FL -

Attorney Answers (4)

Robert Edward Heyman

Robert Edward Heyman

Personal Injury Lawyer - Saint Petersburg, FL
Answered

You don't say where your family member worked, but regardless, the employer cannot force the employee to waive the ability to pursue damages caused by the employer's negligence. If he indeed was injured as a result of work related activities, and bed bug related problems may be hard to prove, he should pursue a worker's compensation claim which include medical expenses and lost wages.. There would have to be excessive or "gross" negligence for your family member to pursue any additional damages.

Good Luck,

Robert E. Heyman, Esq.

John Arthur Smitten

John Arthur Smitten

Family Law Attorney - Clearwater, FL
Answered

This would be a workers compensation claim if it occurred at work.

Robert David Shapiro

Robert David Shapiro

Personal Injury Lawyer - Miami, FL
Answered

Your family member has a work comp claim but must act immediately, and they may also have a retaliatory discharge claim for being terminated due to an injury on the job. They may also have other claims such as Disability discrimination, Family Medical Leave violations, and possibly a claim for Social Security disability benefits. Have them email me to discuss this further.
Sincerely,
Bob Shapiro
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Christian K. Lassen II

Christian K. Lassen II

Personal Injury Lawyer - Philadelphia, PA
Answered

He can't be forced to sign anything. Google "Bed Bugs Lawyer" to find a lawyer concentrating in bed bugs.

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