BBNR helps maintain legal protections for Injured Construction Workers
The 12 ton heating/air conditioning unit that fell from a crane on Sunday, May 31, 2015, two blocks from my midtown office and then collided numerous times with the building on the way down could have been deadly if someone was standing directly below. New construction in NYC is on the rise and so are accidents involving construction workers. Construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Many special interest groups try each year to change the laws in New York State to cut back the legal rights of construction workers. I am fighting to stop them.
In March 2014 as the chairman of the Tort Litigation Committee for the NYC Bar Association, I sat on a panel of experts to discuss construction accident litigation. A judge from the States highest court also sat on that panel. Members from the insurance and construction industry were lobbying to change the laws to make it more difficult for construction accident victims to recover in a civil lawsuit. The construction industry claims they are losing money and construction will stop in New York if the laws are not changed. I opposed their arguments and had researched the issues. Construction in New York City was continuing and construction companies were making record profits. I also discovered that several large construction companies were involved with overbilling schemes, giving unearned overtime pay which was inflating the costs of construction. A representative from the state legislature was in the audience and stated after hearing the arguments that she did not see any reason to change the laws.
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