Exemption from Liability

Can a person be exempt from liability for property damage?

Yes, depending on the circumstances. There are numerous laws which make public entities - such as federal, state, and local governments, immune from tort liability. Employees who are acting within the scope of his/her authority while working for an employer can be relieved of liability by the employer under the doctrine of "respondeat superior" (let the master answer). Under this doctrine, the employer is responsible for the acts or omissions of its employees when the loss or harm occurs while the employee "is on the job" and is performing work that s/he is supposed to be doing. If the employee is acting outside the scope of his/her employment at the time the damage to property occurs, the doctrine of respondeat superior will not insulate him/her from liability to the injured party.

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