My question involves an injury that occurred in the state of: Arizona
I own a property in the above state, but live in CA. I hired an independent contractor to perform some drywall repair which he did. He had a worker with him, who quoted me a price to remove some cabinets and a bathtub (that same day, I was getting multiple estimates for all these items). While removing the bathtub, he injured himself. He has contacted me letting me know that he tore a tendon and can't move his finger, and that he has a $1500 medical bill and that he's concerned its going to ruin his excellent credit. I mentioned that he should contact the guy with whom he worked for, and he informed me that he called him and was told that that work was on his own and to contact me. I thought he worked for him. The work was done last NOV 2012. I just received his call this afternoon on MAR 8.
I have no idea where to proceed. I did not admitted anything, barely told him that I needed advice and would call him back next week and wished him a speedy recovery.
Am I liable? What can I do now?