New York Construction Accident Lawyer Urges Focus on Scaffold Safety Following Vehicle Accident

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New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman at The Perecman Firm says scaffolding hit by a car needs a thorough inspection before being used for further construction work.

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An ounce of prevention is worth more than a ton of cure.

A car crashed into a scaffold in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. Four people in the car were injured, reported NY1. To prevent further injuries, the scaffolding must be thoroughly inspected, said New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman.

“The impact of a vehicle or site equipment on a scaffold may affect the stability or safety of the structure,” said Perecman.

According to OSHA, a “competent person” trained in scaffold safety must inspect the scaffold before it is used again.

“It is always safety first when scaffolding is being used on a construction site. An ounce of prevention is worth more than a ton of cure,” said Perecman. “In addition to workers, pedestrians may be injured in a scaffolding accident.”

According to OSHA, scaffolding accidents result in an estimated 4,500 injuries and 60 deaths every year. Full compliance with OSHA standards would reduce the number of scaffold accidents drastically.

New York Labor Law section 240, also known as the "scaffold law," protects workers that have been injured on or by a scaffold. The law favors the injured worker in scaffolding accidents, placing the majority of the liability for safely erecting, maintaining, and using scaffolding on those in charge of the construction site.

New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm have helped many individuals obtain compensation following construction accidents, including construction workers, pedestrians, and others who have been injured due to unsafe construction scaffolding in New York. 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, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases including scaffold falls in New York. 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 and 2012-2013.

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) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.

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

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