New York Elevator Accident Lawyers
used by millions of New Yorkers every day in subways,
office and apartment buildings, malls, hospitals,
schools and other public places. Most elevator riders
get on and off without thinking about the dangerous
potential for elevator accidents. Unfortunately,
some elevator riders get seriously injured.
According to the New York Times, Elevator Accidents are
more common than one would think. "A home health aide was horrified
after her middle finger was cut off at the tip. A
firefighter lost part of his finger. A woman bumped her
head as she was knocked to the floor. A man was left
with a swollen hand and broken eyeglasses, someone else
a broken nose, someone else two missing toes".
In New York City's 340 public housing complexes alone
there have been approximately 300 reported accidents
200 of the reports involved inner or outer elevator
doors, which tenants have complained close too quickly
or too forcefully. In June 2008, Catherine Martinez, 25,
pushed her 4-year-old daughter out of the way of a
fast-moving elevator door in the Bronx."
Building management, owners and maintenance companies may be sued if their
elevators are not kept current with current safety codes
and standards. Owners or managers of buildings are
required to keep elevators up-to-date
with current and properly working safety equipment and
safety devises. In addition, an owner or manager can be
held liable for elevator injuries if there is a failure
to develop and implement an emergency/rescue plan and to
train and drill employees in the aspect of those plans.
can be sued and found liable for their faulty elevators
under the following conditions:
The most common
type of elevator injury occurs as a result of a fall,
however injuries involving hands and feet are frequently
Sometimes New York
building owners and landlords will put off elevator
repairs or safety upgrades in order to save on costly
repair bills. Be cautious when entering or exiting
elevators that do not level properly or are frequently
problematic. In addition, always look carefully before
you step in or out.
families of elevator accidents may be entitled to
significant compensation for these injuries, especially
when they are caused by improper maintenance or negligence.
You may have the
right to receive compensation for injuries which are
sustained as the result of suffering from an elevator accident!
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a New York
elevator accident we can help.
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