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CLINTON & CLINTON PREVAILS IN CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENT CASE

Through a motion for summary judgment, Clinton & Clinton successfully extricated its client from a construction site accident case.  The client, a general contractor of a commercial construction project, was named as a defendant on the theory that the general contractor’s negligence with respect to safety measures and precautions at the job site caused or contributed to the plaintiff's injuries.  The general contractor was also sued under a premises liability theory.  The plaintiff, who was working for a subcontractor hired by the general contractor to work on the construction project, allegedly fell from a roof through an opening that had been constructed by another subcontractor for the installation of an HVAC unit.  After extensive discovery, it became clear that the general contractor owed no duty to the plaintiff to warn about the opening in the roof or to implement safety measures to prevent plaintiff's injuries.  It further became clear that the plaintiff was targeting the general contractor, because the true negligent party was the plaintiff's own employer, whom the plaintiff was barred from suing civilly under the Workers' Compensation Exclusivity Doctrine.  Refusing to accept liability for the plaintiff's injuries or to entertain the plaintiff's high six-figure settlement demand, Clinton & Clinton filed a motion for summary judgment on the general contractor's behalf on the grounds that (1) the plaintiff could not establish any duty on the part of the general contractor and, therefore, the claims for negligence and premises liability had no merit, and (2) no evidence existed establishing that the general contractor had affirmatively contributed to the plaintiff's injuries.  By prevailing on the motion for summary judgment, Clinton & Clinton not only extricated its client from a case with high exposure potential, but it further placed the client in a position to recover much of its litigation costs.  David A. Clinton, Esq. and Adrienne M. Stover, Esq. were the managing and handling attorneys for this matter.


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