Man Dies in Latest Construction / Crane Accident - New York State Labor Laws Need to Stay Strong

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While New York upstate groups like "Unshackle Upstate", insurance companies, developers and contractors fight to weaken New York State Labor Laws, David Perecman, New York construction accident lawyer, calls for New York to stand behind their workers and protect New York State Labor Laws.

The latest construction accident brings to forefront a battle that's occurring in New York City, a battle between the construction workers and special interest groups that would see New York State Labor Laws weakened. Upstate groups like "Unshackle Upstate", insurance companies, developers and contractors claim that the cost of doing business in New York State is being driven up by "frivolous" construction accident lawsuits, brought under New York State Labor Laws, forcing companies to pay excessive damages.

But what price did Anthony Esposito, father of three have to pay? Last Thursday Anthony Esposito fell about 400 feet to his death as he and others worked to lower a tower crane at a building site on the West Side of Manhattan.

David H. Perecman, a veteran New York construction accident lawyer and founder of The Perecman Firm, believes that a higher price will be paid if New York State Labor Laws are weakened, "The efforts of these special interest groups, to have the law eviscerated in the face of all these construction accidents and deaths, is nothing more than a slap in the face to the workers who have died while trying to work hard, earn an honest living and build our great New York City and New York State."

Anthony Esposito's death was the latest in a series of high-rise construction or crane related accidents in recent months. The operation and inspection of tower cranes have received considerable scrutiny this year after nine people were killed in separate crane accidents. Due to the fact that more than 20 deaths have occurred in construction accidents in 2008 thus far alone, the city has also taken measures to insure safer construction practices.

However, as laudable as these efforts are, the Labor Laws of the State of New York , particularly Labor Laws 240 and 241 must continue to be enforced and even strengthened. "The knowledge by the contractors and developers that they will ultimately be held responsible for accidents that arise due to negligent practices or failures to provide and operate safety devices will keep them vigilant," says Perecman.

Complaints by special interests that Labor Law 240 is unduly harsh ignores the fact that they are held responsible only when a failure to provide proper protection is a cause of the accident and when the injured worker's acts are not the sole cause.

Mr. Perecman works with legislators in an effort to strengthen New York State Labor Laws that special interest groups are attempting to weaken. He has testified before the Standing Committee on Housing of the New York State Assembly and the Standing Committee on Cities and the Standing Committee on Codes, and regarding the issue of New York construction accidents.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 25 years, construction accident attorney David H. Perecman, the founder of New York personal injury attorneys, The Perecman Firm, PLLC has championed all types of personal injury and construction cases in New York State. David Perecman is the current Secretary of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law (Construction Accident Law) Committee. Mr. Perecman's achievements, often in the construction accident field, have brought him recognition as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's 2008 Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's 2007 publication of "The Best Lawyers in America" and has earned him the votes by his peers as among the top 5% of lawyers in the New York region as published in The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition".

He has recovered millions of dollars for his clients over the course of his career. Among his more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict* for an injured NYC construction worker who fractured his arm and injured his knee. Mr. Perecman has spent much of his career advocating for injured victims' rights, including his recent statements regarding New York City crane construction accidents. The New York personal injury attorneys at The Perecman Firm have a depth of expertise in and breadth of knowledge well recognized in NYC, while their record and reputation speaks for itself.

*later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million.

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