When a construction worker gets injured on the job in the State of New York, getting compensation is crucial in order for the individual to get back on their feet. New York’s Scaffold Law, which has existed throughout the state’s modern development, is an important protection for workers who spend their time working above ground.
What Is the Scaffold Law?
Years before skyscrapers lined the streets of New York, the state’s lawmakers passed the Scaffold Law making property owners and contractors liable for ensuring workers’ safety while performing dangerous work activities at high elevations on the construction site. Simply put, if a construction worker falls from a height, the contractor or owner must prove that the job site was safe.
New Battle to Reform the Law
A new battle to reform New York’s centuries old Scaffold Law is slowly unfolding throughout the state. While the law has many supporters, New York government agencies and contractors argue that the cost of insurance and doing business is hitting a crisis point that could take a great toll on construction jobs throughout the state. Critics further argue that getting rid of the law would give the state millions of dollars in added revenue.
However, supporters of the Scaffold Law contend that it is essential to keep a law in place that protects the rights of injured workers who may not have been seriously injured had it not been for their employer’s negligence in providing a safe work environment. The bottom line is that without the backing of the Scaffold Law, it would be nearly impossible for injured construction workers to get the compensation they deserve.
Let Us Help
If you or a loved was injured while working at a construction site, you have legal rights and may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced New York construction accident attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. are dedicated to getting you the maximum compensation that you deserve.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, call us at 1-800-529-9997.