One of the most dangerous things about construction work is that it is often done from heights.
New York, New York (PRWEB) September 04, 2012
A construction worker taking part in the construction of 3 World Trade Center was injured after falling and suffering "severe" injuries, reported the New York Post (8/29/2012). The 36-year-old ironworker slipped and fell "about 15 feet." David Perecman and New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm stress how important it is for construction sites to follow safety regulations.
While the exact cause of this construction accident went unreported by the New York Post, construction accident lawyers from The Perecman Firm understand that those who work in construction are often exposed to substantial hazards. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the most frequent cause of fatalities at construction sites. They account for one of every three construction-related deaths a year.
“One of the most dangerous things about construction work is that it is often done from heights,” said David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, a New York law firm specializing in construction law.
Because working at elevated heights is so dangerous, New York State has a law, Labor Law section 240, which provides extraordinary legal protection to workers who fall from heights. Labor Law section 240 places responsibility for a worker’s fall in a New York construction accident on the owner of the worksite, the general contractor, and others.
“Labor Law section 240, also known as the Scaffold Law, fairly compensates workers who were injured when they fell. A number of times, workers have fallen because appropriate safety equipment was not provided,” said David Perecman, chairman of the Labor Law committee for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and lecturer on construction accident law.
Labor Law section 240 was conceived to ensure that everyone involved in the construction site, from the worksite owner to the general contractor, did everything in their power to prevent construction accident injuries and/or deaths, explained New York construction accident attorneys from The Perecman Firm.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a scaffold accident or other serious New York construction accident, contact the New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, personal injury, auto accident, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York accident cases including construction worker falls. 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