The Second Department determined the defendant did not demonstrate plaintiff was its special employee. Therefore summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s personal injury suit based upon plaintiff’s receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits from his general employer should not have been granted:
“The receipt of Workers’ Compensation benefits from a general employer precludes an employee from commencing a negligence action against a special employer” … . In determining whether a special employment relationship exists, a court should consider factors such as the right to control the employee’s work, the method of payment, the furnishing of equipment, and the right to discharge … . “A significant and weighty factor . . . is who controls and directs the manner, details and ultimate result of the employee’s work'” … .
Contrary to the determination of the Supreme Court, the defendant failed to come forward with sufficient evidence of a special employment relationship to demonstrate its prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law, since its submissions on the motion did not establish, inter alia, that it controlled and directed the manner, details, and ultimate result of the plaintiff’s work … . Nolan v Irwin Contr Inc, 2014 NY Slip Op 07339, 2nd Dept 10-29-14