New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman comments on New York’s new scaffolding, the “Urban Umbrella.” This is the first time in approximately 60 years that the protective construction site building shed was redesigned for the City. International Design Competition,” a competition sponsored by the New York City Buildings Department.
The winning design, "Urban Umbrella," uses recycled steel and plastic panels in a structure resembling an "open umbrella.”
According to the rules, competitors had to redesign the current sidewalk shed while “meeting or surpassing current safety, sustainability and viability requirements.” They also had to comply with laws, including Chapter 33 of the New York City Building Code.
The new design is not legally required, but The New York Times reports it is not much more expensive than the usual New York construction accident inhibiting scaffolding.
In New York, new construction of 40 feet or higher and demolitions of buildings 25 feet or higher, must have scaffolding, or "sidewalk sheds."...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. 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****.
The Perecman Firm serves Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."
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