Person Who Hires Independent Contractor Cannot Be Held Liable for Injuries to the Worker

In Gravelin v. Satterfield, 200 Cal. App. 4th 1209 (2011), the Court of Appeal considered whether an independent contractor–or the employee of one–can sue the person who hired the contractor for injuries that occurred in the workplace, concluding that they cannot. In this case, the defendants, homeowners in Mendocino County, contracted with DISH Network to replace their existing satellite dish.  DISH Network outsourced the job to

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