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Reason prevails: No need to warn of obvious hazards

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Employers who don’t sign up for the Texas workers’ compensation system can be sued directly by employees who are injured on the job. But that doesn’t mean every workplace accident will result in a damaging lawsuit judgment.

Recent case: Barbara Goss worked in a grocery’s deli department and had to maneuver around a cart piled with turkey and ham dinners. She hit her shin on the cart, reached for a shelf to steady herself and injured her back.

Goss sued, alleging negligence. A jury said the grocery store was negligent, and the store appealed.

The Supreme Court of Texas threw out Goss’ case, reasoning that employers don’t have to warn employees about obvious dangers—like avoiding a cart. (Brookshire Grocery Company v. Goss, No. 07-0085, Supreme Court of Texas, 2008)

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