Who can sue when a subcontractor gets hurt on the job

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Who can sue when a subcontractor gets hurt on the job

Im a subcontractor that also had another
subcontractor on the job who feel off the roof and got
hurt. Who is liability for the injury and cost?

Asked on January 3, 2018 under Personal Injury, Maine

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The only person(s) or business(es) who may be liable are any who were actually at fault in causing the accident. For example, if the person who hired the subcontractor who fell provided him with a safety rope, but that rope was damaged and frayed and the fall occured because of that, that provision of ineffective or damaged safety equipment could make the subcontractor's employer liable. But there must be fault to hold someone liable: if no one was at fault in causing the fall, the subcontractor cannot sue anyone. Just employing someone or hiring a subcontractor does not by itself make someone liable.


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