How Are You Protected Under Labor Law 200?

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How Does Labor Law 200 Protect Workers In New York City?

Construction workers perform some of the most dangerous work in the United States, oftentimes while suspended hundreds of feet in the air. Because of the risks inherent in this type of work, the NY laws in place provide these workers with numerous legal options if they are seriously injured on the job.

One of the most well-known laws is Labor Law § 240, also known as the Scaffold Law. However, this law is far from the only law that injured workers can use to seek the compensation they need to cover damages incurred from accidents while on a worksite. Another law that was put in place to protect workers injured on the job is Labor Law § 200. If you were seriously injured in a construction accident, it’s important that you understand what protections this law can provide.

Call our firm at (212) 577-9325 to discuss your case with a member of The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., today.

Workers should be able to come to work every day without worrying for their safety, but that is unfortunately not the case. Far too many worksites throughout New York fail to provide workers with that safety, and our New York City construction accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., have dedicated their careers to providing workers injured on unsafe worksites with the legal representation they need to secure the compensation they deserve. If you were injured on an unsafe worksite, contact us today to begin discussing your legal options moving forward.

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What is Labor Law § 200?

Labor Law § 200 requires all contractors and site owners to “construct, equip, arrange, operate and conduct…” the workplace “to provide …protection to the lives, health and safety of all persons employed…” All types of negligence, unsafe conditions and practices are covered.

Who Can Be Held Liable Under Labor Law § 200?

Depending on the worksite, either the site owner or contractor can be held liable in court. The owner and contractor can be held liable for defective conditions if they knew or should have known of them and even for unsafe methods of work if they exercised supervisory control over them.

You should keep in mind that the ability to bring a lawsuit against the owner and general contractor does not involve suing your employer. You simultaneously have the right when injured at work to collect worker’s compensation benefits from your employer to get your lost earnings while out of work and medical bills paid while that lawsuit is ongoing. We handle BOTH of those cases. Both cases – One law firm.

If you were seriously injured on the job, you deserve the chance to fight for your rights. At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., our New York City construction accident lawyers have spent decades working with injured workers. Through our efforts, we have successfully secured more than half a billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients, and we remain committed to providing injured victims with the dedicated and experienced representation they need.

Call us at (212) 577-9325 to discuss your legal options with a member of our firm today, or send us the details of your case through our online form to set up a free case evaluation.