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Is a Land Owner Liable if a Contractor Gets Injured on the Job?

By Robert Ross |

LAND OWNERS ARE GENERALLY NOT LIABLE FOR INJURIES TO CONTRACTORS OR THEIR EMPLOYEES Generally speaking, property owners are not liable for injuries to contractors or their employees who get injured on the job. This is because the contractor, not the property owner, is normally in charge of the time, place, and manner in which… Read More »

What Are Compensatory Damages?

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COMPENSATORY DAMAGES ARE THE STANDARD RECOVERY IN NEGLIGENCE CASES As the name suggests, compensatory damages are intended to compensate the plaintiff for the injuries and/or damage (s)he suffered as a result of the defendant’s negligent acts. Plaintiffs must suffer actual, measurable harm in order to recover damages. “Nominal” damages–meaning damages too small for economic measurement,… Read More »

What is “Res Ipsa Loquitur”?

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RES IPSA LOQUITUR IS A LEGAL DOCTRINE IMPACTING PROOF OF CAUSATION “Res ipsa loquitur” is a Latin phrase that means “the thing speaks for itself.” In legal terms, res ipsa loquitur is a legal doctrine that allows a court to assume or infer the existence of negligence based on certain kinds of circumstantial evidence. Like… Read More »

More About Waivers of Liability

By Robert Ross |

WRITTEN LIABILITY WAIVERS CREATE “EXPRESS ASSUMPTION OF THE RISK” In many situations, the law allows people to create contracts whereby one person limits or releases another person from liability for physical injuries and damage to property. These private contracts, often called “Waivers” or “Liability Waivers,” are a form of “assumption of the risk.” The law refers… Read More »

Birthday Hazards, Part 2: Scissors, Wrap and String

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Today, we continue our series on homeowner liability for party-related hazards with a look at the unexpected hazards arising from wrapping supplies, and how to mitigate those dangers. SCISSORS Most people know that scissors can be dangerous. In fact, “running with scissors” is a common euphemism for hazardous behavior.  Unfortunately, the whirl of activities… Read More »

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