David Perecman, the attorney for the family of Avonte Oquendo, 14, helped the teen’s grieving relatives following the troubling discovery of his remains on the banks of the East River. DNA tests confirmed that the found body parts and scraps of clothing were those of the missing autistic boy. The teen was last seen on surveillance video leaving his Long Island City school and walking along the river on October 4, 2013, reported CNN News (1.21.14).
“After an exhaustive three-and-a-half month search by the family of Avonte, the people of the City of New York, and the NYPD, the news we all prayed would never come has indeed come to bear. The Medical Examiner has determined that Avonte is no longer with us and that the remains discovered in College Point are, indeed, him. May this family and all those who have been with them find solace and peace,” said Perecman.
On Thursday, officers found a torso, an arm, legs, dark jeans and size 5½ Air Jordan sneakers on the waterfront about 11 miles away from the Riverview School, where Avonte was a student, CNN News reported.
Perecman was personally “good and angry” and “hinting that the family will sue the city,” reported CNN News. He made a number of accusations against the Riverview School (also known as the Center Boulevard School).
According to CNN News, Perecman alleged that the school district failed to properly supervise the teen. He also said it took the school too long to notify the police about his disappearance.
“I am convinced, in my heart of hearts, that had a prompt reaction occurred, had some of this cascade of errors not occurred, that the police would have been called, they would have went outside, and they would have found Avonte before this happened,” Perecman said in the CNN News article.
In October, Avonte’s family, with the help of Perecman, filed a $25 million notice of claim with the city comptroller’s office. A claim is the first step in a lawsuit.
A reward for information leading to the missing teen’s safe return was last up to $95,000. Police received hundreds of tips, and hundreds of people joined the search for him, but Avonte was never found.
The CNN News article was “’It’s Avonte': NYC family grieves, seethes after remains of missing autistic boy ID’d.”
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York City lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York accident cases. 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
“Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.”