Elevators are in virtually every building in New York City, which is why most people do not give them a second thought. They are merely something you step into and out of to arrive at or leave a destination. However, elevators can be extremely dangerous, posing reckless safety hazards to the public if not manufactured or maintained correctly. Generally, elevator accidents happen quickly and cause a significant amount of damage. Therefore, if you have been involved in an elevator accident, it is no surprise you are now looking into recovering financial compensation for the injuries you have sustained. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common contributors to elevator accidents?
Elevators are pieces of complex machinery that only function properly when each moving part is properly maintained and in working condition. Generally, when people are injured in elevator accidents, the accident itself stems from either property owner negligence, or manufacturer or designer negligence. With that being said, some of the many things that can go wrong in an elevator are as follows:
- Improper installations
- Faulty wiring
- Abrupt stops
- Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
- Door operator errors
- Mechanical breakdown
- Control system malfunction
- Drive malfunction
- Negligent elevator design
- Pully system malfunction
- Power failures
What injuries may warrant financial compensation?
Several injuries have qualified for financial compensation following an elevator accident in the past. They are as follows:
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
- Severed limbs
- Cuts and bruises
- Crush injuries
- Back injuries
- Head trauma
- Neck injuries
How do I recover compensation following a New York elevator accident?
To recover compensation following an elevator accident, you must first prove you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, this is not always easy, as an experienced attorney will first have to consider the facts at hand and make a determination from there regarding whether you have a valid product or premises liability claim. For example, when a property owner knows, or should have reasonably known about a safety concern and failed to investigate or have the safety hazard repaired and you were injured as a result, you most likely have a premises liability suit. Do not let a negligent property owner get away with this. On the other hand, if you can prove that the elevator was negligently designed, or that the manufacturer negligently produced the elevator, you may have a product liability lawsuit. Do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced, aggressive personal injury attorneys who will fight for your rights.
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