SOURCE: Perecman

New York Personal Injury Attorney

December 02, 2009 08:00 ET

Major Construction Work Begins on the Belt Parkway

As Construction Work Begins on Seven Spans Along the Belt Parkway Zone, Slated for Upgrade as Part of an Extensive Bridge Rehabilitation Program and Already Assigned a Completion Date, New York Construction Accident Lawyer David Perecman Reflects on Worker Safety

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 2, 2009) - Over the next five years, the New York City Department of Transportation plans to spend roughly half a billion dollars on bridge rehabilitation to restore seven bridge on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn. New York construction accident lawyers hope the city has learned from past accidents, how to make their construction zones safer for their workers.

According to Department of Transportation, the reconstruction of the bridges is necessary to rectify current substandard conditions in order to meet state and federal requirements. The work began last month and is scheduled to be finished by October 2014. Across New York, construction accident lawyers and contractors alike know that most construction projects suffer delays due to unforeseen circumstances that can include weather and work stoppage due to accidents. However, contracts for the work include a $35,000 fine for each day the project is late.

"I only hope this rush to completion doesn't mean they'll be cutting corners or sacrificing worker safety," said David Perecman, a top New York construction accident lawyer.

According to project officials, most of the bridges, which date back to the World War II Roosevelt era, "have passed their useful life."

"Better they proactively fix the bridges now than wait for some large scale disaster, while keeping in mind construction zone safety," added Perecman.

Federal regulations require bridges to be inspected every 48 months.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident lawyers, auto accident, personal injury, construction accident, and medical malpractice lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have championed all types of cases for personal injury accidents. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, is a Board Director and the past Secretary and Treasurer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law Committee. Mr. Perecman's achievements have brought him recognition 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 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, a $5.35 million dollar verdict** for an automobile accident, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice.

*later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
** later settled for $3.5 million
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