Leading New York Construction Accident Attorney Revisits the March 2008 New York City Crane Collapse

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Attorney David Perecman comments on the latest developments in the New York City crane construction accident that killed 7 people.

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David H. Perecman, veteran New York City construction accident attorney and founder of The Perecman Law Firm is revisiting the New York crane collapse from March, as new developments have been released regarding the crane accidents that wreaked havoc on buildings and killed seven people, including 6 construction workers and one tourist.

William Rapetti and his company Rapetti Rigging Services, the contractor in control when the crane collapsed in March in New York, were charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault and reckless endangerment. According to the NY Times, the Manhattan District Attorney, Robert M. Morgenthau alleges,"Mr. Rapetti used four of his own slings, one of them badly worn. When one of the slings, used to stabilize the 22-story crane, snapped, a six-ton metal collar that had supported the crane fell from the 18th floor, destroying two other collars below as it slid down".

"If the above is proven true, the crane collapse that took place in New York City in March was avoidable and clearly ended with the deaths of innocent construction workers due to the lack of proper construction safety practices," said Mr. Perecman, founder of the construction accident attorney's office in New York City. "Hopefully we will see a decrease in deaths from construction accidents, involving cranes and other situations reduced in 2009. If we continue to have unsafe working conditions, the lives of workers and residents will be at risk every time they walk outside."

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 25 years, the New York City construction accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have championed all types of cases for personal and construction injuries in New York State. The founder of The Perecman Firm, David Perecman, is also 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 and 2008 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 both of the past two issues of 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, a $5.35 million dollar verdict for a woman who seriously injured her heel in an automobile accident, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for a baby born with brain damage as a result of medical malpractice. Mr. Perecman has spent much of his career advocating for injured victims' rights and addressing safety issues in the workplace. He has also spoken out on the need to update wrongful death laws to create fairness for the unfortunate death of infants, housewives and other low earners in a family. The New York City construction accident 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.    

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*later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million.

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