EC insurers are invariably faced with claims where contractors claim to be employees so as to be entitled to employees' compensation. In a recent case under Action No.1277 of 2008 in which our firm acted for the Respondent, the Court found no employment relationship between the Applicant and Respondent. Hence, the Applicant's application for employees' compensation was dismissed with costs.
In this case, the Respondent (the Insured) hired a contractor to renovate his home. The Applicant contended that the contractor had absconded with the money paid for renovation. The Respondent therefore hired him to complete the unfinished works during which he allegedly fell from a ladder and sustained injuries. He therefore demanded employees' compensation from the Respondent. It was essentially a dispute on evidence.
In finding that a contract of employment did not exist and preferring the evidence of the Respondent, the Court took into account the following factors:
The above demonstrates that the Court will take into account contemporaneous evidence, inconsistencies in the Applicant's evidence and the absence of appropriate witnesses in determining the credibility of a party's evidence.
In this case, we were successful in dismissing the Applicant's claim for employees' compensation with costs.
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