Fellow Servant Rule Law and Legal Definition
Fellow servant rule is a common law doctrine that barred or reduced the amount of money an injured employee could recover against an employer if an injury was caused solely by the negligence of a fellow worker. An injured employee had to bring a cause for action against the fellow employee causing the injury, not the employer. It absolves an employer from liability to one engaged in his/her employment for injuries incurred or suffered solely as the result of the negligence, carelessness, or misconduct of others who are in the service of the employer and who are engaged in the same common or general employment as the injured employee. Workers Compensation laws have nullified the rule for job-related injuries.