Independent contractors regularly perform services at commercial and residential jobsites.  However, what happens when the independent contractor is injured on the job?  When can a hiring party, such as general contractor or homeowner, be held liable for an independent contractor's injuries? Generally, the hiring party can be held liable when it exercises control over safety conditions; provides unsafe equipment; or, fails to protect against concealed hazards. Nevertheless, this is still a developing area of law. Presently, there are two cases pending before the California Supreme Court, which may provide further guidance.

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