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Can delivery workers sue homeowners for injuries on their property?

On Behalf of | Oct 27, 2023 | Premises Liability

In today’s digital age, online shopping and food delivery services are a common convenience for many.

With the ever-growing demand for these services, there is a surge in the number of delivery workers navigating neighborhoods and making timely deliveries. But what happens when a delivery worker sustains an injury while on a homeowner’s property?

Navigating hazards on the path

When a delivery worker steps onto a homeowner’s property to make a delivery, they often face various obstacles. Uneven pathways, slippery surfaces and poorly maintained driveways can pose serious risks. The responsibility for maintaining safe conditions falls on homeowners. If an injury occurs due to negligence in maintaining the property, the delivery worker may have a valid claim.

Worker’s compensation coverage

Many companies providing delivery services have worker’s compensation insurance for their employees. If an injury happens on the job, this insurance often covers medical expenses and lost wages. However, the situation may differ if the delivery worker is an independent contractor. In such cases, the responsibility shifts to the homeowner.

The duty to warn

Homeowners have a responsibility to warn delivery workers about any known dangers on their property. For example, if there is a broken step or a slippery surface, the homeowner should take reasonable steps to inform the worker. Failing to do so can potentially lead to a lawsuit in the event of an injury.

In 2020, one company alone alone delivered 4.2 billion parcels. For those delivering the packages, the potential for sustaining an injury exists. When an incident happens on a homeowner’s property, it is important to consider the circumstances and responsibilities of both parties.