Preparing to take on a remodeling job at your home? It’s important to understand your potential liability in the event a contractor or subcontractor suffers an injury on the job.
There are circumstances in which homeowners could be considered liable in premises liability cases filed by contractors. If you have homeowner’s insurance or only work with contractors who have their own insurance policies, this will go a long way toward protecting you from this liability. However, there are still some circumstances in which you could find yourself in legal difficulty.
So what are some other steps you can take to minimize that liability?
- Ensure safety: Homeowners are responsible for providing a reasonably safe working environment. This means you are responsible for warning contractors of any potential defects or hazards in the property that might not be obvious.
- Avoid day to day: While it’s understandable to want to keep a close eye on the progress of your project, if you get too bogged down in day-to-day control over it, this could open you up to potential liability. If you’re actively monitoring or controlling a project, including giving certain instructions, this might result in you taking on an obligation for the workers’ safety.
- Be careful who you work with: Only work with contractors that are licensed, insured, and have a reputation for delivering quality, honest work. It becomes easy to open yourself up to potential liability issues if you work with untrustworthy contractors.
For more tips about the steps you can take to shield yourself from liability when working with contractors for home remodeling projects, contact a trusted Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.