If a person who was contracted for a job becomes injured while on the job in Georgia, the party liable for financial compensation and medical bills depends on the nature of the incident. Many contractors are licensed and bonded, which means that their medical claims would be handled by their own insurance company. If the contracted employee is not licensed or bonded, however, a personal injury claim may help a contracted employee receive damages for their injury.
The area of law that can be used to help determine which party is liable for an injury that occurred is known as premise liability. Premise liability applies to both those invited to be on the property and those who are trespassing. Trespassers are individuals who were not invited to be on the property. If the owner or employer willfully injures the individual or doesn’t post a warning about potential dangers that may occur on the property, a trespasser may receive damages for injuries that occurred.
The second area of premise liability concerns those who were invited to be on the property, such as for a social event or to work as an employee. If a contracted employee is invited onto a property for work, he or she must not be willfully injured and must be warned about any dangerous conditions that could harm him or her while working.
In the case of someone becoming injured while working as a contracted employee, the employee may be entitled to damages for medical bills and financial compensation if the employer either willfully injured the employee or deliberately withheld information that caused the injury. For example, if the employer provided a ladder for use knowing that the ladder was damaged beforehand and the employee fell while using the ladder, the employer may be liable for the injury. In this case, a lawyer might show evidence that the ladder was broken prior to the incident in order to win damages for his or her client based on premise liability.