CanI take legal action against my boss if he told me about a home remedy that resulted in injury to me?

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CanI take legal action against my boss if he told me about a home remedy that resulted in injury to me?

My boss refused to let me take a day off work to go to doctor because of my poison ivy. He threatened my job and told me to put bleach on it and get in to work. As a result I have chemical burns and had to go to the hospital and urgent care to treat it properly and still missed 2 days of work with a doctors note. I have my hands in water all day and I work outside. I am a window and gutter cleaner. Can I take legal action against him for my medical bills and missed work?

Asked on July 1, 2011 under Personal Injury, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

No, you probably cannot take legal action against him. People are not liable for giving bad advice that is followed, unless there is some special relationship or duty. For example, doctors are liable for medical malpractice *because* they are doctors--they have a duty imposed by their licensing and the doctor-patient relationship. But your boss is not a medical professional: he can give any medical advice he likes without liability, because it is your responsiblity if you choose to follow it. Also, companies don't generally have to provide sick days or time off for doctor visits and can terminate employees for absenteesm, so he could refuse to give you time for the doctor.


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