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Does an employer have an obligation to render aid to an employee?

Asked by user in Michigan.

My husband was on the job and had a heart attack. His employer put him in his care and left him there. He called me four hours later and I had to initiate the 911 call.

Answered by Enjuris Editors:

Generally speaking, there is no duty to render aid. However, the Michigan Supreme Court recognized a duty to render aid when there is a special relationship between the parties. One such special relationship is the "employer-employee" relationship. When a special relationship exists, the parties are required to render "reasonable care under the circumstances."

In other words, your husband's employer had a legal duty to render "reasonable care" to your husband. If your husband's employer failed to call 9-1-1 after learning that your husband had a heart attack, then they likely breached their legal duty to render reasonable care and could be held liable for any resulting harm.

I would recommend scheduling an initial consultation with a Michigan personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options.

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