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David's Construction Accident Corner

A Monthly Column from The Perecman Firm’s Founding Partner

Hi, it’s David Perecman, owner of the Perecman Firm P.L.L.C. This is my monthly column, “David’s Corner.” In it, I will talk about the latest developments in the area of New York construction accidents. That includes news on major rulings and case law which may affect construction workers across NYC and the state, legislative updates and new laws, current industry trends, and other pertinent information relevant to workers, their legal rights, and the risks they face when on the job.

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  • Biaca-Neto v. Boston Road II Housing Development Fund Corporation, et al.

    Mar 17, 2020 On February 18, 2020, in Biaca-Neto v. Boston Road II Housing Development Fund Corporation, et al., the Court of Appeals of New York, our highest state court located in Albany, ...
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  • Nasir Ali v. Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, et al.

    Oct 22, 2019 This is an arguably significant case decided by the First Department in Manhattan. Ali was injured when an air conditioning system coil weighing more than 300 pounds fell on his ...
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  • Cristian Roblero v. Bais Ruchel High School, Inc.

    Sep 18, 2019 In this case, Roblero was a plumber working at a private high school who fell from a scaffold. While Roblero rightfully won his Scaffold Law claim, the court also allowed him to go ...
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  • Wilson Cruz v. Roman Catholic Church of St. Gerard Magella

    Jul 24, 2019 This is a strong case from the Second Department demonstrating the importance of Labor Law 240(1), otherwise known as the Scaffold Law, in protecting workers who fall from heights ...
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  • Joaquin F. Escobar Camacho v. Ironclad Artists Inc., et al.

    Jul 9, 2019 Here the injured worker won because he fell off a scaffold that didn’t have guard rails when it tipped over. The Appellate Division, First Department, found for Camacho, even ...
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  • Jonny Contreras v. 3335 Decatur Avenue Corp., et al.

    Jun 11, 2019 This is a great case where the Court found that the regulation (12 NYCRR § 23-1.5(c)(3)) that requires “[a]ll safety devices, safeguards and equipment in use shall be kept sound ...
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  • Curby Toussaint v. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, et al.

    May 30, 2019 In this case, the Appellate Division, First Department granted said that injured worker wins his claim under Labor Law 241(6) because he was hit in the back by a power buggy being ...
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  • Paul Demercurio v. 605 West 42nd Owner LLC, et al

    May 7, 2019 Here is case involving slip and falls on construction sites. The Court allowed the workers case to go forward to a jury trial. The worker slipped and fell on brown paper that had ...
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  • Michael Cutaia v. The Board of Managers of 160/170 Varick Street Condominium, et al.

    May 2, 2019 This case involves the intersection of a few relatively common scenarios that pop up in the area of construction accidents: falls off ladders, A-frame ladders that are used in the ...
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  • Construction Accidents Involving Repairing and Altering

    Apr 24, 2019 Todd Dahlia v. S & K Distribution, LLC, et al. (April 24, 2019) Felix Colon v. Third Avenue Open MRI, Inc., et al. (May 28, 2019) Robert Wass v. County of Nassau, et al. (June 12, ...
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  • Jose Valdez v. Turner Construction Company, et al.

    Apr 3, 2019 The worker here was a landscaper who was injured while doing landscaping on the 5th floor roof at John Jay College in New York City. He was detaching a bag of soil that weighed at ...
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  • Jorge Ajche v. Park Avenue Plaza Owner, LLC, et al.

    Apr 2, 2019 This is a great case where the construction worker won summary judgment on his Labor Law 240(1) claim. The injured worker was insulating air conditioning ducts in the kitchen ...
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  • Jose Salinas v. 64 Jefferson Apartments, LLC

    Mar 27, 2019 This long and interesting decision from the appeals court in Brooklyn addresses a few important issues. First, the Court addressed the argument that the Workers’ Compensation law ...
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  • Ivan Gomez v. Kitchen & Bath by Linda Burkhardt, Inc., et al.

    Mar 20, 2019 The Second Department appellate court affirmed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to the injured painter who fell from a defective ladder that collapsed, and rejected the ...
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  • Terry Rajkumar v. Mahendralall Lal, et al.

    Mar 6, 2019 In this interesting decision, the Brooklyn-based Appellate Court said that the decision of the trial court below was incorrect and the worker’s claims could go forward. The worker ...
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  • Jose Lobo v. Gatehouse Partners, LLC

    Feb 21, 2019 This is an interesting case from the Manhattan appellate court that has implications outside of the construction accident context. Here, the worker was a resident of Connecticut ...
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  • David Bonilla-Reyes v. Richard Ribellino, et al.

    Feb 20, 2019 In this case, a day laborer was injured after falling 20 feet from the platform of a forklift while stocking shelves inside a warehouse in Brooklyn. The main question was whether ...
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  • Sergio Barrios v. 19-19 24th Avenue Company, LLC, et al.

    Feb 13, 2019 Another case here from the Second Department appellate court reversing the trial court below and granting the plaintiff summary judgment under Labor Law 240(1). Here, the worker ...
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  • Roberto Passos v. Noble Construction Group, LLC., et al.

    Feb 6, 2019 This is a case decided by the Second Dept., reversing the trial court and granting summary judgment to plaintiff, a construction worker who was struck by a piece of plywood used as ...
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  • Felipe Ramos-Perez v. Evelyn USA, LLC, et al.

    Jan 30, 2019 In this case, the construction worker was unloading flooring materials from the back of a truck to the ground with a coworker using a hydraulic lift. The lift was being used to ...
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  • Michael Moscati v. Consolidated Edison Co. of NY, Inc. et al.

    Jan 9, 2019 This is a very interesting case. In this decision from the Appellate Division, Second Department, the worker was operating an excavator next to a creek to remove pieces of timber ...
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  • Thomas Quigley, et al. v. Port Authority of N.Y. & N.J., et al.

    Dec 13, 2018 Here, we have the Court discussing the law regarding one of the most typical types of construction site accidents, a slip and fall. In this case, it was due to snow covered pipes ...
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  • John Slawsky v. Turner Construction Co., et al.

    Dec 13, 2018 Here the Appellate Division, First Department Court applied a principle we have come to understand only over the past 10 or so years: that objects don’t have to fall straight down ...
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  • Ioannis Giannas v. 100 3rd Avenue Corp., et al.

    Nov 21, 2018 This is an interesting case from the Appellate Division, Second Department. People who argue that Labor Law § 240 is unfair, take heart. Here, the Court acknowledged that the ...
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  • Bobby Jones, et al. v City of New York, et al.

    Nov 14, 2018 This case is a mixed bag. The worker injured himself while climbing up a broken ladder attached to a building, while doing a project at the building. He was climbing the ladder to ...
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  • Matthew McDonnell v. Sandaro Realty, Inc., et al.

    Oct 24, 2018 This is a useful case for lawyers because it covers a lot of topics, and it also explains a lot for workers to know. The case restated the law for the “scaffold law” or Labor Law ...
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  • Ronald Gillett v. City of New York, et al.

    Oct 24, 2018 I have handled countless cases over the years where a worker used an A-frame ladder in the closed position because they didn’t have the room to open it, only to have the ladder ...
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  • Edisson Paguay v, Cup of Tea, LLC, et al.

    Oct 17, 2018 We see the court here saying what we’ve explained before – that you can’t sue your employer. However, you can get workers’ compensation benefits from them. On a construction site, ...
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  • Gorque Morocho v. Boulevard Gardens Owners Corp., et al.

    Oct 10, 2018 Construction worker wins summary judgment where worker falls from scaffold without rails. This was a simple case where a worker fell from a scaffold that had no rails nor any other ...
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  • Joseph A. Fedrich v. Granite Building 2, LLC, et al.

    Oct 10, 2018 A fire marshal who inspecting the sprinklers can bring a suit under the laws protecting construction workers if he trips on debris at the site during ongoing construction.
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  • Jeffrey White v. 31-01 Steinway, LLC, et al.

    Oct 9, 2018 In these kind of cases, it’s not always easy to explain why the worker can and should win, but they often do. The whole idea of Labor Law 240, the “scaffold law,” is that scaffolds ...
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  • Simmons v. City of New York, et al.

    Oct 3, 2018 In the Simmons case, a plumber was injured when a compressor fell a few inches off a pallet while being moved. The Court decided that he can sue because the pallet got stuck on ...
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David on the Law - Podcast

  • Introduction to Construction Accident Law

  • Scaffolding Accidents

  • Labor Law 240 (Scaffold Law)

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