Summary Judgement in Wrongful Death due to Balcony Collapse at Home Construction Site

Our Scranton, PA, based colleague, Mark Sheridan, successfully argued a summary judgment motion on behalf of his general contractor client sued by the estate of a deceased self-employed painting contractor, extricating his client from what would have been a long and expensive defense. Mark contended the general contractor did not owe any legal duty of care to the painting sub-contractor who, the Trial Court and Superior Court concurred, as a self-employed independent contractor, was responsible for providing for his own protection on the job site, including providing fall protection (railings, etc.).