Every day, thousands of people in Manhattan use elevators to get to their office, to their apartments and to other places throughout the City’s maze of high-rise buildings. Walking 50-plus flights of steps just isn’t practical or safe, so elevators are necessary. However, elevators are not always properly maintained and therefore can become dangerous and malfunction, resulting in serious injuries or even death.
NYC has laws that govern elevator installation, maintenance and safety. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an elevator accident, it is important to fully understand your legal rights. An NYC personal injury attorney who is well versed in personal injury law can help victims that are hurt as a result of an elevator accident.
Thankfully, elevator accidents which result in death are uncommon. But if they do happen, the results are often times tragic. Elevator technicians are some of the individuals most likely to be involved in elevator accidents by virtue of the dangerous work they do day in and day out. Elevator mechanics can get caught between two cars of the elevator, or in the doorway of an elevator car that is malfunctioning and that they are trying to fix.
Another common cause of elevator accidents, which thankfully, usually do not result in death, are quick starts and stops of an elevator. In some cases, the elevator car can actually drop below the first floor due to a malfunctioning elevator car. In some cases, this can be due to a power outage or just poor maintenance. Common injuries in this case include neck, back and knee injuries.
Depending on the particular elevator accident, there are a numerous individuals or companies that may be liable for your injuries suffered. Many times, defendants in such cases will include the property owner and the property management company. Sometimes, if it is revealed that the elevator was recently repaired or serviced, a personal injury victim may look to the elevator maintenance company. That is why maintenance records and log books will need to be collected to prepare your case for the best settlement or for trial. It could even be that the elevator repair company did their job correctly, but one of the parts that they used was defective, in which case the product manufacturer may be liable.
If you have been injured in an elevator accident in New York City, do not hesitate to contact personal injury lawyer Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. at 212-240-9465 Contact Us