Employer Found at Fault for Injuries to Independent Contractor

oil well and sunsetFrom Mondaq,  Melissa J. Lyon discusses a case in Wyoming in which a company that hired an independent contractor was liable for injuries sustained by an employee of the independent contractor because of the amount of control the company exercised.  Melissa writes:

Although Basic was an independent contractor, the jury found that Merit retained sufficient control over the portion of Basic’s work that caused Horr’s injuries to owe Horr a duty of care.4

The opinion discusses in detail this exception to the general rule governing independent contractors – the exception hinges on the “legal duty created because of the control it [the employer] retains over the independent contractor’s work.”5

Read the sull story at Employer Found at Fault for Injuries to Independent Contractor

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