VSSR stands for “violation of a specific safety requirement.” In order to be entitled to receive a VSSR award, a claimant must establish that his of her injury resulted from the employer’s failure to comply with a specific safety requirement. If the claimant fails to prove any of the elements of that rule, the employer is not liable for any additional awards beyond potential workers’ compensation compensation.
For a specific safety requirement to qualify under this rule, the requirement must satisfy three elements:
(1) It must be enacted either by the General Assembly or by an order of the Industrial Commission; (2) it must be a specific as opposed to a general requirement; and (3) it must be designed for the protection of the lives, health, or safety of employees.
For assistance with a potential VSSR claim, contact The Bainbridge Firm.