Last month New York personal injury attorney Mr. David Perecman of The Perecman Firm settled a case for $4.75 million for a construction worker from Carpenter’s Local Union 157, who fell on the job and suffered a fracture of the left foot at compression, a mild traumatic brain injury and fracture in his lower back.
The worker was climbing down an EFCO panel form wall when he fell about 15 feet to the plywood floor below when the brace he was using to tie off his safety harness broke free from its anchorage point. As a result the worker is no longer able to perform construction work and suffers continuing orthopedic problems and post traumatic arthritis.
In 2013, Mr. Perecman received one of the top verdicts for a construction case, when he secured $7.98 million verdict for a dock builder who suffered a foot injury on the job that halted his career. He also received the highest construction settlement in 2014 of $6 million for a worker who suffered a paralyzing injury.
Construction accidents in New York City have been on the rise with 231 in 2014, up 24 percent from the year before. The city’s Buildings Department reported eight people have died in construction related incidents so far this year, this was the total number of fatalities for all of 2014.