I'm writing an article on shift employees and their working hours.
What I'm trying to find out is if there's caselaw or existing law that
holds employers accountable for mistakes that their employees make
while working extended hours. So far I haven't come up with much in
my searching. I've found several cases where it was found employers
could not be held liable when an employee had an accident on the way
home from work and then claimed that it was caused by long work hours.
What I'm thinking of, for instance, is a doctor who is scheduled and
works two 16 hour shifts in a row. During the second 16 hour shift,
he makes a mistake and a patient dies. The family of the patient sues
the hospital, claiming they were negligent in allowing him to work
such long shifts. My article is focusing on firefighters and
paramedics working long shifts, but I think the doctor example is one
that more people are familiar with.
Can anyone point me in the right direction to find what I'm looking