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I was referred to this office by a friend of mine who had her case handle by attorney, Marcos Gonzalez. I was very pleased with Mr. Gonzalez and his staff. Everyone is very nice and I got a great outcome on my settlement. I Would recommend this firm to anyone looking for a PI or Workers' compensation attorney. Thank you guys! Keep up the good work. Scarlett Estevez

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Excellent friendly office!!! Had an amazing experience everyone was super helpful and they worked their tails off to get me max dollar for my case .. Marcos Gonzalez amazing person hire him you won’t regret it !!!!

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Who is responsible if a contractor or worker is injured in my home?

Most of us homeowners hire companies to complete home renovations rather than do it ourselves. And when an accident occurs, because they certainly do, homeowners assume the contractor's insurance covers the medical cost of the contract worker. 

 

But who is legally responsible for the contractor's injury if it occurred at someone's home? It can't possibly be the homeowners' responsibility, or can it? 

 

Contractors can sue the owner and hold him responsible for legal costs if the worker is injured. If an injury occurred while working on a house or property as a contractor, if negligence prevailed, you have the right to claim compensation for your injuries. Our West Palm Beach, Florida accident attorneys can help you not lose your rights and call Advocates USA for your free consultation. Our injury lawyers can evaluate your case and provide you with advice. Contact us at 1-800-872-4878.

 

As a hired contractor to renovate a home or make simple repairs, if you are injured, you should be aware of your legal options and your right to seek compensation for your injuries. An essential part of determining fault is whether the homeowner chose to exercise control over the construction project, assuming responsibility.

 

How to prove liability for contract worker injuries in my home

If the homeowner manages the operation of the job site and a contract worker is injured, the owner would be liable for any injuries sustained by workers on the project. 

 

If the homeowner hires a contractor and the contractor breaches the contract in terms of safety, the liability will fall on the contractor. However, if the owner believes the contractor is responsible for potential workplace injuries, the contractor can argue that the property owner created an unsafe work environment. Then the property owner could be sued for negligence if an accident occurs. These situations can be complex; our premises liability attorneys can listen to your case, investigate and pursue a personal injury case to determine who is liable for injuries. Our lawyers have experience in these cases, and if you suffer serious injuries, we can help you claim compensation.

 

Florida State requires minimum property safety standards. If a home or business does not meet these standards, the person who owns the property could be liable if an accident occurs. 

 

Before a project begins at home, contractors must be advised of hazards or unsafe conditions. Hazards can range from rotten pieces of wood to more extensive structural damage. If it can be proven that the property owner was aware of the damage and did not notify the worker or contractor, and an accident occurs, the property owner would be liable.

 

If you hire a handyperson to repair a wall, he slip and falls through an unstable piece of flooring that the homeowner knows about. The contractor entered the property or home, assuming a safe work environment. In a court, the home or property owner may be held responsible for premises liability because they were aware of the hazardous conditions before the injury occurred and failed to warn the contractor about the unstable flooring.

 

Can a homeowner be responsible for injuries that occur to contractors while working at their house?

A homeowner may be held legally responsible when a contractor is injured while renovating or repairing the property. For more information, if you are an injured worker, contact us at 1-800-872-4878 for a free consultation. 

 

Under premises liability, homeowners can be held responsible. Therefore, it is crucial for homeowners to understand the risk of liability for workers' injuries when renovating a home. The issue often boils down to the project's specific circumstances and how the injury occurred. In particular, the amount of control the owner exercised over the project (not just the planning but also the day-to-day or hour-to-hour execution) is often a key determinant of legal liability, so let's dive in a little deeper.

 

Homeowners who have no control over the project

Often, a homeowner will hire a general contractor to complete a renovation or a construction project. The homeowner then reviews the plans, negotiates the price, and often steps asides. However, suppose the owner assumes that the contractor will perform the work correctly and the project is not completed per their contract. In that case, the homeowner will be able to sue the general contractor for damages.

 

In such a situation, the owner must provide a reasonably safe workplace for the workers. This means that the owner must warn workers of any defects in the property that are not obvious. 

 

Imagine that the owner of the house hired workers to fix the porch. In such a case, if a worker is injured when the porch collapses, the worker probably won't be able to sue the owner. Also, note that if the worker is an employee of the contractor or subcontractor, a workers' compensation claim may be the appropriate remedy for injuries that occurred on the job. Learn more about personal injury claims and workers' compensation claims by calling 1-800-872-4878 for a free consultation.

 

Owners who exercise control over the project

Owners who choose to exercise control over the day-to-day operation of a construction project, with or without prior renovation or construction project experience, could be exposed to personal injury liability if a contract worker was injured on the homeowner's job site. 

 

A homeowner must provide a reasonably safe workplace for workers, as mentioned above. However, some courts view liability differently when a homeowner is actively involved in the project, making day-to-day decisions and supervising the contract workers. If the owner instructs workers on how and when to perform specific work, the owner may unknowingly assume an obligation to ensure the general safety of workers.

 

For example, imagine that a homeowner instructs a group of painters that they could use a particular type of scaffolding to perform work on a specific part of the house. If workers use the scaffold and it collapses, the owner may be liable for injuries.

 

Many homeowners who hire contract workers to work in their homes do not anticipate these situations to occur. But they do. Premises liability against homeowners is significant and can cost the owners a lot of money and headaches. For example, while watching a construction job, a homeowner may comment that a worker should be wearing fall protection because their work could be dangerous. By making that comment, the owner could be inadvertently accepting responsibility for ensuring the overall safety of workers on the construction site.

 

The role of homeowners’ insurance in the event of an accident

While the rules about a homeowner's liability for a contractor's injuries will vary from one situation to the next, the liability coverage under your insurance policy will cover damages on your personal property, as long as it was an accident. But, this also depends on the scope of your homeowner's insurance policy.

 

If you are an injured worker working on a property or home, contact our West Palm Beach injury attorneys in Florida for a free consultation. Contact us without obligation by calling 1-800-872-4878.

 

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