The New York jury sent a clear message to the defendants that they cannot disregard the safety of workers and expect to get away with it without consequences. Most fall-related injuries are preventable on construction sites.
New York, New York (PRWEB) May 24, 2012
New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman and The Perecman Firm obtained a major victory in the Supreme Court of NY (#103115-2008) for a client when a jury awarded $2,630,000 to a construction worker who was injured in a ladder fall accident. The worker, Jamal Rafeek, had fallen approximately 5 feet to the ground after a ladder he was standing on fell.
In this case, New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm were able to overcome the defenses, contentions and testimony of the defendants, including an expert neurologist who said the injuries were not a result of the ladder fall accident.
“The New York jury sent a clear message to the defendants that they cannot disregard the safety of workers and expect to get away with it without consequences. Most fall-related injuries are preventable on construction sites and they can change the lives of those who fall, even from a short distance,” 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.
New York construction accident lawyer Perecman convinced the jury that Rafeek was injured by the ladder fall, even though he received little treatment for approximately 6 weeks and even tried to work for a few days, according to court documents. Perecman established that the worker initially believed his injuries were minor, but his pain worsened.
Since Rafeek fell because the ladder he was standing on was neither braced nor secured as required by New York Labor Law Section 240, the defendants were responsible for his injuries, the New York construction accident lawsuit alleged.
The defendants had also failed to provide fall protection such as lifelines or harnesses, alleged the New York construction accident lawsuit.
The $2,630,000 awarded to Rafeek by the jury was mostly for pain and suffering, according to the The Perecman Firm. Approximately $425,000 was for past and future medical care.
Rafeek’s injuries included disk herniations which required surgery, including a two level disk fusion in his neck, according to the New York construction accident lawsuit.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that more than 164,000 people receive emergency room treatment for injuries relating to ladder accidents each year.
New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for construction workers who have suffered construction accident injuries while working at a construction site. Contact an experienced New York construction accident lawyer at The Perecman Firm at http://www.perecman.com.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, 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 and crane 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
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."