New York Construction Attorney Recognized by Leading Lawyer Sources

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David Perecman explains what it takes to get results in construction accident and personal injury law.

For David Perecman, New York construction attorney, the courtroom is his realm. Within its walls there is no option but to win his construction accident cases - a very good reason why he has, in a single year been recognized as a leading personal injury lawyer in New York by four primary sources for individual attorney recognition--the New York Law Journal, SuperLawyers, Lawdragons, and The Best Lawyers in America®. The founding partner at Perecman & Fanning, a New York personal injury firm handling all types of serious injury cases, Mr. Perecman has achieved particularly notable results within the field of his expertise, construction accident cases. His impeccable track record in construction accident law speaks for his talents as a litigator. "The easy part is complete and thorough preparation. The more difficult part is the ability to present things in the courtroom in a non-lawyer like fashion, to be a regular guy, and someone to whom jurors can relate. If they like you and trust you, they will be more inclined to decide a case in your client's favor," he says.

His successful jury verdicts have taught him that personal injury lawyers that try their clients' cases will often get better results than if they'd settled. Mr. Perecman refuses to fall prey to the underlying fear of loss that prevents some personal injury lawyers from going to trial. Instead of highlighting a case's potential problems as a rationale for accepting a settlement, Mr. Perecman sees each potential liability in his client's cases as a double-edged sword. Most problems when treated with his disarming trademark humor can be turned around and used against the defense. Take, for example, construction accident cases in which undocumented aliens are injured on the job, a point oft-highlighted by the opposing counsel when attempting to prejudice the jury against the victim, and one Mr. Perecman has addressed numerous times. "When you're standing up on a scaffold 70 feet off the ground for $10/hr, you're boss calls you hard-working cheap labor. After you fall and break up your body, NOW you're an illegal alien. When juries hear that, they get angry at the defense for even having brought it up."

His lack of hesitation to try a construction accident case coupled with his formidable track record is a weapon in itself, and his adversaries' knowledge of this likely course towards the courtroom tends to produce better results. As Mr. Perecman puts it, "I tell the defendant point blank, either pay me or beat me. Some choose to pay, others--well--there are always appeals".

Recognizing his professional and civic duties, Mr. Perecman is involved politically, having testified as the Secretary of the New York State Trial Lawyer's Association and as a Chair of the Labor Law Committee before New York State Assembly committees about the topic of height-related worker safety as well as having met with the Mayor Bloomberg's task force assigned to inquire into the recent rise in construction accidents, specifically scaffold-related deaths. He also authors related articles, lobbies for consumer protection and worker safety and lectures personal injury lawyers and court personnel regarding construction accident law.

About Perecman & Fanning
For the past 25 years, the New York personal injury lawyers at Perecman & Fanning have concentrated on complex construction accident legal issues, as well as championing all other types of personal injury cases. Perecman & Fanning have recovered over $30 million in verdicts and settlements over the past year alone.


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