New York Personal Injury Lawyer Warns of Post-Storm Hazards Following Hurricane Sandy

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New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman of The Perecman Firm discusses post-storm hazards and worker safety after a Sanitation Department worker is injured after coming into contact with a live power line downed by Hurricane Sandy. The worker had been cleaning up debris on Staten Island at the time of the on-the-job accident.

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After a hurricane strikes, it’s understandable that everyone wants life to return to normal as soon as possible. But workers must remember to put their own health and safety first.

A New York City sanitation worker was injured after touching a live power line while working on Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts in Staten Island. Michael Lewery, an employee of the Sanitation Department for 13-years, was cleaning up debris when he touched the live downed power line. He was taken to Staten Island University Hospital and was reported to be in stable condition, reported CBS News. He was lucky, said New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman. Downed power lines are a dangerous and sometimes fatal hazard after a major storm.

“It is well documented that many injuries occur to workers immediately after the storm has passed, during cleanup, recovery and utility restoration operations. Storm and flood cleanup can be hazardous. Downed power lines are only one specific danger workers may encounter,” said Perecman, a personal injury lawyer in New York for over 30 years.

Other specific hazards associated with removing downed trees and other debris after a hurricane include: falls from heights; slips and falls; and being injured by emergency equipment such as a chain saw.

Employers must take appropriate safety measures, including the provision of necessary information, to avoid worker injuries during hurricane cleanup efforts. They are also responsible for coordinating with control centers responsible for power circuits so that workers do not enter areas where there are live wires, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

“After a hurricane strikes, it’s understandable that everyone wants life to return to normal as soon as possible. But workers must remember to put their own health and safety first,” said Perecman.

For more than 30 years, the personal injury attorneys at The Perecman Firm in New York have aggressively helped injured workers and-or their families obtain compensation following personal injury accidents 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 construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, personal injury, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York personal injury cases, including falls from heights and slip and fall 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 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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