February 18, 2020
“There are surely legitimate claims from the Hudson Yards site, that said there is equally assuredly claims that are driven by the scaffold law,” said Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York which is pushing to make changes to the law. “It drives a massive amount of our litigation.”
Opponents argue the law created a “cottage industry” of personal injury lawyers who sniff around job sites looking for cases because they are easy to win and can be lucrative. Critics said it doesn’t take into account if the worker decides not to use safety equipment provided for them or if they’re intoxicated on the job.