Personal injury prevention should be first and foremost in the minds of responsible building owners. But when they can’t or won’t do it, the city has a critical responsibility to protect its citizens and visitors from harm.
New York, New York (PRWEB) October 11, 2011
New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman understands that the New York City Buildings Department lacks the manpower and funds it needs to keep the Bronx safe and up to code.
According to the New York Daily News, the average response time for non-emergency complaints increased in fiscal 2011. Inspectors responded to 69% of non-emergency complaints within 40 days, a decrease from 78% in fiscal 2010 and 94% in fiscal 2009.
“Building inspectors save lives in New York,” personal injury lawyer Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s personal injury law firms, said. “Buildings that are in violation of the building code risk more than fines. They imperil people’s lives.”
New York personal injury lawyers understand that the NYC Buildings Department has been criticized for tragic cases like the Bronx fire that killed a family in April, 2011.
In that case, reported The New York Times, city inspectors were unable to gain entry to the building. If inspectors had been allowed in the building, they most likely would have seen the unlawfully subdivided property.
“Besides imperiling the lives of tenants and visitors, a dangerous building can imperil the lives of firefighters and other emergency responders,” said Perecman, a personal injury lawyer in New York for over 30 years.
In July, a Bronx brownstone “with a broken window and an unlocked door” was engulfed in a two-alarm fire. Bronx residents said the city could have prevented the death of a man by closing the property, according to The New York Daily News.
Apparently, two weeks before the fire, the Buildings Department received a non-emergency complaint. However, the agency failed to visit and seal the building, city records show.
Recently, the Department of Buildings took more than four months to respond to an illegal subdivision complaint in another part of the Bronx, city records show.
In New York, property owners have a legal obligation to ensure that their property is safe, properly maintained, and in compliance with federal, state and city regulations. If a building owner fails to address hazardous conditions that could cause personal injury, the building owner could be held liable for any injuries or fatalities resulting from the incident.
“Personal injury prevention should be first and foremost in the minds of responsible building owners. But when they can’t or won’t do it, the city has a critical responsibility to protect its citizens and visitors from harm,” said New York personal injury lawyer Perecman.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, auto accident, and construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of personal injury cases. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, is a Board Director and the past Secretary and Treasurer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law Committee. Mr. Perecman's achievements have brought him recognition 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 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, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice****.
**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."