SOURCE: Perecman Law Firm

New York Construction Accident Lawyer

January 11, 2010 09:00 ET

New York Construction Accident Lawyer David Perecman Maintains Safety Is a Concern in Building's Deconstruction

While Deconstructing the Deutsche Bank Building, Officials Try to Speed the Process Without Compromising Safety

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 11, 2010) - The unoccupied Deutsche Bank Building at 130 Liberty Street is finally coming down. The building was severely damaged on September 11, 2001 when debris from the falling World Trade Center broke windows and tore a 15-story gash into the facade. Construction safety, however, is a concern.

The city had given the go-ahead to the deconstruction project over two months ago. Since then, according to officials, construction workers have been working significantly behind schedule. The building was initially expected to be down by 2005. However, the job proved more difficult than expected.

Catching the interest of New York construction accident lawyers, officials at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC), which is managing the deconstruction, are urging the contractor, Bovis Lend Lease, to find safe ways to accelerate the project.

"The goal is to improve efficiency, but not at the sacrifice of safety. Sometimes easier said then done, but we're all optimistic," said New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman.

Before work even began, a detailed deconstruction plan was submitted for approval by city, state and federal agencies to ensure safe and effective deconstruction, which took into account the removal and disposal of toxic waste and contaminants.

"Especially with a project this visible, all agencies involved are working carefully to get the building deconstructed safely. This includes protecting the health of the people who work and live in this area of Manhattan. Construction accident lawyers can only be supportive of that even if it causes delays. In safety of people versus economic development and political needs, people should always be put first," said Perecman.

All throughout the deconstruction process, the LMDC retained the services of environmental consultants to conduct environmental testing of the building materials, possible toxic hazards, dust, and mold.

Upon completion, the vacant lot will be incorporated into the new World Trade Center development.

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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