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Bagley v. Insight Communications Co., L.P.
Indiana Supreme Court
658 N.E.2d 584 (1995)
Richard Bagley (plaintiff) worked as an employee of Sam Friend (defendant). Friend was a subcontractor for Steve Crawford (defendant), a cable installer. Crawford was a subcontractor for Insight Communications Co., L.P. (Insight) (defendant), a cable company. On January 26, 1988, Bagley was hammering a rod into the ground, which was snowy and icy. Friend was working on a ladder nearby. The ladder slipped, and Friend fell on Bagley, driving Bagley’s head into the rod. As a result, Bagley suffered severe brain and head injuries. Bagley filed suit against Friend, Crawford, and Insight. Bagley claimed Crawford and Insight negligently hired a subcontractor, among other claims. Crawford and Insight moved for summary judgment, arguing they had no duty to an independent contractor. The trial court granted summary judgment, and Bagley appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Dickson, J.)
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