Contracting work has several advantages and disadvantages. Determining who is legally responsible, whether it be contractors or business owners, for on-the-job injuries may be challenging due to how many players are involved. 


If you’ve sustained injuries while working your job, then you may be entitled to damages. Contact the Steinberg Injury Lawyers for a free consultation and discuss the work injury options available to you.


Keep reading to learn more about determining liability and recovering damages when injured at work. 

When the Hiring Entity Is Responsible for a Work Injury

The Peculiar Risk Doctrine states that a business or property owner who hires an independent contractor to do “inherently dangerous” work could be held directly liable for any damage the independent contractor may cause. This is true even if the independent contractor negligently performed their duties.


Business owners can be deemed grossly negligent and responsible for an accident, making them liable for those injured. If the hiring entity fails to warn their independent contractors about potential hazards, they can be held responsible for any injuries caused. Business owners must take as many precautions as necessary to protect the people who work on their property from injury. This in turn protects them from liability. 


Owners also must ensure that the employees and contractors they hire are taking all the proper precautions. If they aren’t, property owners may be liable for any injuries resulting from the contractor’s negligence. 

When the Contractor Is Liable for a Work Injury

It’s essential to find licensed contractors when hiring someone to do a job. Hiring someone without a license could lead to business and property owners being held liable for injuries caused on their property. 


A property or business owner most likely won’t be liable for injuries or damages if they:

  • Hire a licensed independent contractor

  • Inform them of any dangers

  • Take special precautions to alleviate the dangers

  • Provide oversight to make sure those precautions are taken


If the owner follows all of these steps, the licensed independent contractor could be liable for work injuries occurring on their watch. 

What if the Contractor Does Not Have Insurance?

If the independent contractor does not have insurance, then the property owner’s insurance may need to pay for any damages. Business and property owners must ensure that their independent contractors are properly insured to cover bodily injuries and property damage. 


It is the responsibility of the owner of the business or residence to determine if the contractor is licensed and carries adequate insurance. If you’re still unsure who may be liable for work injuries suffered while on the job, speak with an experienced California work injury lawyer today. 

Contact the Best Work Injury Lawyer in LA Today

Determining liability in a work-related accident involving property owners, business owners, and independent contractors is complicated. That’s why it’s essential to collaborate with a Los Angeles work injury lawyer as soon as you can.  


You don’t have to navigate the personal injury claims process or negotiate with the insurance company alone. We’re here to help. Contact Steinberg Injury Law today for a free consultation. 

Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982
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