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Employer is responsible for injuries suffered by motorist hurt by employee driving to work

Alexis Daniels sued Janet Petrosky-Clark and Consumer Source, Inc., after Petroskey-Clark rear-ended Daniels' car, causing severe injuries.  She obtained a judgment for $500,000.00 against both.  Consumer Source argued that it should be dismissed from the claim because its employee was merely driving to work.  The Court took into account the fact that Consumer Source paid her a car allowance, that she was usually carrying work materials in the car, and frequently met with clients outside the office.  With that background, the Court concluded that it was a question of fact whether she was "within the scope of her employment" at the time of the injury and allowed the decision against Consumer Source to stand.
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