New York Personal Injury Lawyer Urges Careful Clean-up of Tornado Damage

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New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman from The Perecman Firm is urging careful clean-up of damage following the severe weather that hit New York over the weekend. A powerful cold front brought hail, heavy rain and two tornados to the New York area.

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Communication, adequate training, appropriate protective measures, protective equipment and alertness are all necessary to prevent catastrophic injuries.

Two tornadoes hit New York City over the weekend. The National Weather Service confirmed that one tornado struck a beachfront neighborhood in Queens. The other hit Canarsie, Brooklyn. New York personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm urge those involved in the clean-up following the stormy weather to take care while completing this work.

The unsettled weather toppled trees, tangled power lines and damaged buildings, reported The New York Times (9/9/2012). As personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand, storm cleanup and utility restoration work present many serious safety concerns that, if not properly addressed, could result in severe injury or death.

“Employers must ensure that their employees are trained and safe. It is essential to identify and discuss hazards resulting from the storm and dangers related to the clean-up in New York,” personal injury lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, said.

Repairing downed or damaged overhead power lines is typically more dangerous than installing overhead lines or general maintenance. After a storm, all power line hazards may be unknown and dangers may change as work progresses.

Power tools and equipment like chainsaws and chippers may help during the cleanup phase, but extreme caution must be used. A person’s life can change or even be lost, in an instant, if all safety procedures are not followed.

Fatigue is another issue during storm clean-up. Many workers pull long hours responding to emergencies. Tired employees tend to take greater risks and suffer more absent-mindedness. Fatigue can lead to major personal injury accidents.

“Safety must always trump efficiency in hazardous workplace situations. Communication, adequate training, appropriate protective measures, protective equipment and alertness are all necessary to prevent catastrophic injuries,” said Perecman, a personal injury lawyer in New York for over 30 years.

Personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm have helped many people obtain compensation following work injuries on New York job sites, including construction workers, electricians, and others. 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, construction accident, medical malpractice, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York personal injury cases including ladder falls and electrical 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.

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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