ABOUT WORKERS’COMPENSATION The Workers’ Compensation Law was passed by the New York State Legislature in a compromise between employee 1914 as and employer interests. As part of the compromise, employees in most instances lost the right to sue their employers for negligence resulting in injury, illness or disability. In return, employees generally receive payment from workers’compensation without regard to fault as long as the injury, illness or disability was related to work. The question of what is work-related is not always simple. Even horseplay at work may be considered work-related in some instances. Any time a serious injury occurs while at work, it is advisable to talk to a lawyer. Some workplace accidents may permit the injured Party to sue a third party (e.g., product manufacturer, land owner or someone other than the employer who contributed to the injury). There are also special laws in New York that offer additional protection to certain workers such as workers at a con.