New York Personal Injury Lawyer David Perecman Questions Deck Collapse at Miami Sports Bar

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New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman of The Perecman Firm comments on the deck collapse at Shuckers Bar & Grill in Miami that injured 24 people.

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Learning from the accident is important to New Yorkers. Many restaurant establishments around the state offer the option of outdoor dining, especially during the summer.

A crowded outdoor deck at Shuckers Bar & Grill collapsed into Miami’s Biscayne Bay, reported The Miami Herald (6.15.13). The accident occurred during a NBA Finals Game in which the Miami Heat were playing. Regardless of whether a crowd of people is vigorously cheering or not, the expectation is that the surface underneath them isn't going to give way, said New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman.

According to The Miami Herald, approximately 100 patrons of the sports bar had dropped into the shallow water. Of those who fell, 24 people were injured.

Records show that the restaurant was inspected six months ago, reported The Miami Herald. However, the engineer Steven Jawtiz told officials that he did not inspect the deck because “waterfront and ancillary are not part of the inspection.”

“The questions of whether the deck inspection took place, and-or the deck should have been inspected by Jawtiz, will be key to the investigation,” said Perecman.

If any injured victims choose to hire a personal injury lawyer to gain compensation, a number of factors will be considered, including whether the deck had a structural defect that the inspector or owner should have known about and worked to correct.

Restaurant and-or bar operators with a deck also need to ensure that the structure does not go over capacity.

“Learning from the accident is important to New Yorkers. Many restaurant establishments around the state offer the option of outdoor dining, especially during the summer,” said Perecman.

Success in a deck collapse case depends on thorough investigation and trial preparation, effective use of expert witnesses, understanding injuries, as well as other factors.

For more than 30 years, the personal injury attorneys at The Perecman Firm in New York have aggressively helped injured accident victims and-or their families obtain compensation following personal injury accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.

The Miami Herald article cited is “Investigation, clean up continue at Shuckers’ deck collapse.”

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 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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