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Negligence - Duty of Care

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Karns & Kerrison did not represent the plaintiff in this case but it is a notable Rhode Island Supreme Court decision.

A contractor who followed the building plans provided by an architect and failed to install a guardrail along the top of a retaining wall is not liable for injuries suffered by a plaintiff who fell off the wall, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has ruled.

An architect designed plans for a parking lot, retaining wall and loading dock. No guardrail was included. The property owner then hired a contractor to carry out the plans.

The plaintiff hurt his knee when he fell from the retaining wall. He sued the contractor for negligence.

The court said the contractor is not liable to a third party when he relies on the plans provided by an architect and obtains a valid building permit.

Depending upon the circumstances, the owner of the property could very well be liable to the injured plaintiff for his or her damages.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip & fall, you need personal injury attorneys who know the law. Karns & Kerrison personal injury lawyers offer free consultations and no fee unless successful. Their experience in handling cases against negligent business and property owners is extensive, and they are familiar with reviewing the kinds of data that can help prove negligence in an injury situation. Contact them now at any one of their easy to reach Rhode Island locations at (888) 281-3100 for a free consultation or more information.


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