Elevator accidents are, fortunately, very uncommon. However, accidents can occur anyplace, anywhere, and if you were recently involved in an elevator accident, there is a very good chance that you will qualify for financial compensation. Read on and reach out to our seasoned Brooklyn personal injury lawyer to learn more about elevator accidents and how we can help you fight for the compensation you need after being injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process ahead:
How do elevator accidents most commonly occur?
Elevator accidents occur when elevators malfunction. These malfunctions are either due to property owner negligence or due to product designer or manufacturer negligence. In many cases, elevator accidents happen because property owners know, or should know, about the unsafe conditions and fail to fix them. Some of the most common causes of elevator accidents are as follows:
- Faulty wiring
- Failing to sufficiently maintain and service the elevator
- Power failures
- Pully system malfunctions
- Sudden stops
- Control system breakdowns
- Drive malfunctions
- Poor installations
- Door operator errors
What should I do after sustaining injuries in an elevator accident?
If you are injured in an elevator accident, you should do everything in your power to document the incident so you may bolster your chances of winning a personal injury claim in the future. If possible, try and do the following after your accident:
- Call the police.
- Notify the building owner.
- Ask any witnesses for their name, phone number, and email address.
- Take pictures or videos of the scene of the accident.
- Ensure that you receive immediate medical treatment.
- Retain the services of a knowledgeable Brooklyn personal injury lawyer.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Brooklyn?
Every state has a statute of limitations in place for personal injury claims. As an injured party, it is your duty not to wait any longer than the state’s statute of limitations to sue the liable party. If you do, you will most likely lose your right to sue. The statute of limitations in New York State, and therefore in Brooklyn, is, generally, three years, meaning that you must not wait past the three-year mark to take legal action. The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny is ready to help you today.
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Our entire legal team is dedicated to providing the advice you need and the personalized attention you deserve. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, call 212-421-0300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a New York City personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to financial compensation, which can help you on your road to recovery.