Personal Injury and the Independent Contractor Defense: Common Law and Statutory Exceptions
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will review the many common law and statutory exceptions to the independent contractor defense that defendants routinely assert in wrongful death and other types of personal injury cases. The program will explore how these exceptions are evolving with changing work platforms, how personal injury attorneys can leverage these exceptions, and what counsel for the company, the contractor, and other defendants can do to shore up their position that the negligent party is truly independent.
- Overview of the general rule
- Exceptions to the general rule
- Strategies for plaintiffs
- Strategies for defendants
The panel will review these and other key questions:
- What are the most important provisions in an independent contractor agreement that make or break the defense?
- What is the test for an independent contractor in the context of personal injuries?
- Does it matter if a defendant is or is not an independent contractor for purposes of labor laws?
- Are there certain harms for which the defense cannot be asserted?
- How has the defense been altered by the "gig" economy?
D. Matthew Centeno
Burr & Forman
Mr. Centeno practices in Burr & Forman's Tort Trial, Insurance and Product Section (TIPS): Risk Mitigation and... | Read More
Mr. Centeno practices in Burr & Forman's Tort Trial, Insurance and Product Section (TIPS): Risk Mitigation and Complex Litigation Practice Section where his practice focuses on the defense of toxic tort, product liability, and personal injury claims. He defends companies in complex "bet the company" litigation. Mr. Centeno also represents manufacturers and developers in federal and state law claims involving complex environmental litigation.Close
David Michael Conner
Founder and Managing Partner
Conner Law Group
Mr. Conner specializes in commercial, business and construction litigation and related business organization and... | Read More
Mr. Conner specializes in commercial, business and construction litigation and related business organization and planning as well as the prosecution of catastrophic personal injury cases. He has earned recognition as one of Georgia's most respected attorneys, and he has been peer selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer (since 2006), Best Lawyer (since 2007), Georgia Trend Magazine's Legal Elite and invited to be a member of the National Trial Lawyer's Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Mr. Conner is also a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America (www.trialcounsel.org) and an invited member of the Council on Litigation Management (www.theclm.org). Related to his work in the personal injury field, he is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi Million Advocates Forum. The Conner Law Group has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a "Best Law Firm." Mr. Conner also serves as the City Attorney for his hometown of Jesup, Ga.Close
Mark A. Tate
Tate Law Group
Mr. Tate has over 21 years of experience in the field of civil litigation. He began his career in law as a corporate... | Read More
Mr. Tate has over 21 years of experience in the field of civil litigation. He began his career in law as a corporate defense attorney, but his true passion quickly compelled him to represent individuals, instead of large organizations. Mr. Tate’s record of multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts won for his clients distinguishes him as a master trial attorney. In addition to owning his practice, he now serves as a legal consultant for LawNewz.com.Close