In a recent column for REMODELING, construction law expert, Craig Martin, discusses a new precedent set by the case of Gaytan v. Wal-Mart and a ruling by the the Nebraska Supreme Court. According to Martin, the court determined that general contractors who exercise control over a worksite be found liable for a subcontractor's injured employee.
Such was the case for Gram Construction, which was sued by the estate of a roofing subcontractor’s employee who died on the job after falling through the roof of a Wal-Mart. The store also was named in the lawsuit, alleging the two parties were negligent in maintaining a safe worksite.
Here, Martin breaks down the ruling and explains why and how the court determined the general contractor was at fault. Do you agree with the court's decision? Read More