People use elevators on a daily basis in New York City. If the machine is not in proper condition, it can cause dangerous accidents to happen. This may occur if it is not made or maintained the way it needs to be. These accidents can cause serious injuries, which is why injured parties can pursue legal action to recover compensation for the damages they incurred. During this time, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance.
What are Common Types of Elevator Accidents?
In order for a machine to function, its many moving parts must work cohesively. In the event that anything goes wrong, the machine can malfunction and cause an accident to happen. This may be the case in the event of any of the following:
- Electrocutions due to faulty wiring
- Tripping due to uneven or unbalanced leveling with the floor
- Falling down the elevator shafts
- Getting caught in between malfunctioning doors
- Being whipped around due to excessive elevator speed
- Elevator fires
Can I Recover Compensation?
Elevator accidents can cause severe injuries such as cuts and bruises, crush injuries, back/neck injuries, head trauma, severed limbs, broken bones, and even wrongful death. That is why injured parties can file a personal injury claim to pursue legal action. In doing so, the injured parties are required to collect evidence that shows negligence directly caused their injuries.
The party that is deemed negligent in an elevator accident can vary depending on the circumstances of the case. The injured party may face a premises liability case if the accident was caused by a property owner’s negligence. On the other hand, they may experience a product liability case if it was due to the negligence of the manufacturer. Evidence for a case can include security camera footage, witness statements, police reports, pictures of the safety hazard, medical documentation of the injuries you sustained, and more.
Contact our Firm
A personal injury accident can have a great impact on your life and your bank account. At Katter Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be held liable for his or her own negligence; you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us today!