New York, New York (PRWEB) September 18, 2012
One construction worker was killed and another was seriously injured when an apartment building under construction in Brooklyn collapsed. According to The New York Times (9/10/12), a third-story construction floor overloaded with building materials collapsed beneath the men and they fell 30 feet. New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman believes the accident was avoidable.
A bricklayer told The New York Times that workers had loaded four pallets of cinder blocks onto the third floor with a boom truck. When they set a fifth pallet down, the floor collapsed.
As New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand, all floors and roofs have structural design limits that limit the weight that can be placed on them.
“The weight of building materials can cause a roof or floor to collapse,” said David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s construction accident law firms. “Calculating floor load is essential. Catastrophic failure can occur and a floor or roof collapses because of overloading.”
The worker who died was 67 and had worked on the job for five months.
“Contractors and construction site managers have a duty to ensure a safe working environment and to properly train workers. If worksite injuries are caused by employers failing to create safe workplaces, those employers can and should be held responsible,” said Perecman, the former head New York construction accident lawyer for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and a lecturer on construction accident law.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a building collapse or other serious New York construction accident, contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, auto accident, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York construction accident cases including scaffold accidents. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03), a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04), and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout