Filing a suit against your contractor for negligence

March 23, 2022 | Premises Liability

A contractor may cause damage to your property or act recklessly to contribute to an accident. Your only beneficial action may be to file a civil suit against a worker who you had previously employed. Understand the extent of a worker’s liability in South Florida and the damages that you are entitled to.

Suing for negligence

Property owners or managers can file legal claims against contractors if they suffer from injuries due to onsite accidents, which must have been caused by the contractor’s negligence, malfeasance or misfeasance.

When taking action against a contractor, the consumer is legally entitled to sue for three times the monetary damages that he or she lost. The plaintiff must prove that the contractor was not certified or licensed in the state where he or she was working.

Preparing your case

It is possible for defendants to win lawsuits involving premises liability. A contractor can present a release or covenant not to sue agreement, which means that he or she will not be liable for any property damage, personal injury or wrongful death that occurs on another person’s property.

Also, the court is responsible for determining the precise amount of damages that the plaintiff is entitled to based on the facts and circumstances. Plaintiffs are advised to provide as much relevant documented evidence as necessary to prove their case.

Take advantage of your legal options

Even in the safest conditions, accidents happen due to contractors’ negligence. Anyone who causes a personal injury to another person can be sued and may be fined, imprisoned or both. However, the court has to determine the extent of liability that the contractor faces.