Though many of us take elevators every single day, whether to work, while out running errands, or even on your way up to your apartment. Fortunately, using an elevator comes with very little risk. However, there are times where elevators are inadequately designed, produced, or neglected by the landlord/property owner. If you have been unfairly injured in an elevator accident, please continue reading and reach out to our knowledgeable New York City personal injury attorney to learn more about how our firm can help you through the legal process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Can I sue if I am injured in an elevator accident?
If you are someone who was seriously injured in an NYC elevator accident, you are most likely now looking to sue the party responsible. To do so, you must hire an experienced New York City personal injury attorney who knows how to satisfy the burden of proof. First, your attorney will have to determine whether you were injured at the hands of a negligent property owner or landlord, or due to a defective product. If your attorney decides you were injured due to a defective product, you will file a product liability lawsuit. However, if your attorney believes a negligent property owner is responsible, you will file a premises liability lawsuit. To win a premises liability lawsuit, your attorney will have to prove that the property owner knew or should have reasonably known about the safety hazard present, failed to take actions to fix it, and that you were seriously injured and sustained significant financial damages as a result. To prove these claims, our firm will work to uncover various types of evidence, including pictures of the unsafe elevator conditions, videos of the accident, witness statements, medical documents, and more.
How long do I have to sue for an injury in New York City?
In New York State, there is a statute of limitations in place governing the amount of time you have to take legal action against another party. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is, generally, three years, giving you, generally, three years from the date of your accident to sue. Do not wait longer than three years, for you may be barred from taking any legal action.
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