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Grace and O’Brien Obtain Summary Judgment for Warehouse Owner in Electrician’s Premises Liability Case

April 11, 2019

Kathryn A. Grace (Partner-McLean) and Colleen K. O’Brien (Associate-Baltimore) obtained summary judgment for a national consumer goods client and warehouse owner in an electrician’s negligence/ premises liability lawsuit in the Circuit Court for Harford County, Maryland. The electrician alleged that he slipped and fell on ice that was covered by construction debris inside a partially completed warehouse annex where he was performing electrical work. The electrician claimed approximately $200,000 in special damages, including a spinal cord stimulator surgery and more than 100 weeks of lost wages due to the alleged worsening of his preexisting spine condition. Kathryn and Colleen moved for Summary Judgment, arguing that the premises owner had no legal duty of care to the electrician because the owner defendant had contractually delegated all construction worker safety protocol to the general contractor, who was an independent contractor. Overall, the electrician could not prove that the premises owner had a duty to him, which was an essential element of his negligence claim. For these reasons, the judge entered judgment as a matter of law in favor of the premises owner. 

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