Accountability in Elevated Construction Accidents

, New York Law Journal


Never before has there been greater traction to reform New York's well-known scaffolding statute embodied in Labor Law §240(1). This well-intentioned law has evolved over the past two decades into a windfall for a small group of plaintiff's attorneys, while simultaneously causing construction insurance premiums to skyrocket. By all accounts, these increased insurance costs have limited real estate development in and around New York City, causing major developers to look to other states for development sites.

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