New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman and The Perecman Firm obtained a major victory in the Supreme Court of NY (#103115-2008) for a client when a jury awarded $2,630,000 to a construction worker who was injured in a ladder fall accident. The worker, Jamal Rafeek, had fallen approximately 5 feet to the ground after a ladder he was standing on fell.
In this case, New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm were able to overcome the defenses, contentions and testimony of the defendants, including an expert neurologist who said the injuries were not a result of the ladder fall accident.
“The New York jury sent a clear message to the defendants that they cannot disregard the safety of workers and expect to get away with it without consequences. Fall-related injuries are preventable on construction sites and they can change the lives of those who fall, even from a short distance,” said Perecman, the former head New York construction accident lawyer for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and a lecturer on construction accident law.
New York construction accident lawyer Perecman convinced the jury that Rafeek was injured by the ladder fall, even though he received little treatment for approximately 6 weeks and even tried to work for a few days. Perecman established that the worker initially believed his injuries were minor, but his pain worsened. Since Rafeek fell because the ladder he was standing on was neither braced nor secured as required by New York Labor Law Section 240, the defendants were responsible for his injuries.
The defendants had also failed to provide fall protection such as lifelines or harnesses. The $2,630,000 awarded to Rafeek by the jury was mostly for pain and suffering. Approximately $425,000 was for past and future medical care. Rafeek’s injuries included disk herniations which required surgery, including a two level disk fusion in his neck.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that more than 164,000 people receive emergency room treatment for injuries relating to ladder accidents each year. New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for construction workers who have suffered construction accident injuries while working at a construction site. Contact an experienced New York construction accident lawyer at The Perecman Firm.