THE SCAFFOLD LAW
There is another exception primarily intended for Construction Accidents. In New York, this is referred to as The Scaffold Law(NYS Labor Law sections 240/241), which allows workers injured by elevated falls to hold general contractors and property owners “absolutely liable” for their injuries, regardless of the employee’s own negligence or mistake, no matter how obvious or serious. The intention of the law is an incentive for employers to make workplaces are safer as possible, but business interests protest the cost of these safety precautions as an impediment to business growth.
YOU CAN SUE A “THIRD PARTY”
When you have an accident at work you should also consult a Personal Injury Attorney to investigate whether, in addition to Workers Compensation Benefits, it is possible to sue a “third party” whose negligence was at least in part responsible for your injuries. In some cases, it’s obvious, such as a taxi driver hit in the rear by another vehicle. Clearly, the driver can sue the driver that caused the traffic accident. If a delivery person drops a box on you, causing you to fall, you can sue HIS employer for his negligence. Sometimes it’s not clear at first whether a third party is responsible. For example, when a machinist is injured it may be due to poor maintenance of the machine by an outside contractor who could be sued for negligence. That’s why you should seek a consultation with a workers compensation attorney and a personal injury attorney to know all your rights.