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Minnich v. Med-Waste, Inc.
Plaintiff Minnich was employed by the Medical University of South Carolina as a public safety officer. While working in this capacity, Plaintiff assisted in loading medical waste from the premises onto a tractor-trailer truck owned by Defendant Med-Waste, Inc. Plaintiff noticed the unoccupied truck begin to roll forward, toward a public street. Plaintiff ran to the truck, jumped inside, and stopped the truck. In the course of this feat, Plaintiff alleged he suffered serious injuries proximately caused by Defendants’ employees and sued in federal court. Defendants contended the Plaintiff’s claims were barred by the “firefighter’s rule”. The federal district court certified a question to the South Carolina Supreme Court asking whether the firefighter’s rule barred a claim for injury to emergency professionals. The South Carolina Supreme Court answered no.
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