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'Rescue Doctrine' Allows Worker to Pursue Claim for Injuries From Helping Colleague

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 | 0

A New York appellate court ruled that the “rescue doctrine” could apply to allow a worker to pursue a Labor Law claim for injuries from attempting to aid a colleague who was hurt during a trench collapse. Case: Leonard v. City of New York, No. 24893/15, 05/11/2023, published. Facts: Brian Leonard allegedly suffered injuries while working for DeBoe Construction Corp. on a project to reconstruct sewers and water mains pursuant to a contract with the City of New York. Leonard claimed he was standing alongside a trench when its wall collapsed. A heavy steel beam that had been suppor...

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