An Article published on LinkedIn by Richard Purtell points to the Scaffold Law as a major flag of the lack of personal responsibility in New York.
“Here in New York State we have a pattern of absolute liability for gravity related injuries, set through decades of poor court precedent. Labor Law 240/241, “The Scaffold Law” has evolved to where an injured party has no liability whatsoever. No manner of carelessness, neglect, etc. by the injured party will have any impact on a monetary settlement. As such, settlements for fall related construction injuries are often enormous. The result has been to cause insurance premiums in New York State to skyrocket, costing New York residents hundreds of millions of dollars per year in added insurance costs.”