fellow-servant rule

noun
fel·​low-ser·​vant rule

Legal Definition of fellow-servant rule

: a common-law rule or doctrine in tort law: an employer is not liable for injuries inflicted on one employee by the fault of another employee during the course of his or her employment

Note: This rule is no longer used in most jurisdictions as a result of federal and state workers' compensation statutes.

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“Fellow-servant rule.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/fellow-servant%20rule. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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