Elevators are all over New York City, and if you live there, you may use them virtually every day. Because of this, elevators are regarded as a rather mundane aspect of everybody’s day. Nobody thinks twice about them. Unfortunately, several people throughout the City are injured every year in elevator accidents, and they very often seek financial compensation, understandably so. These accidents can be the most frightening, as you probably felt entirely trapped in the moments leading up to, and immediately following the injuries you have sustained. If you have been involved in an elevator accident, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are some of the most common causes of elevator accidents?
Several different factors can play a role in elevator accidents. They include, though are not limited to:
- Faulty wiring
- Abrupt stops
- Pully system malfunction
- Power failures
- Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
- Door operator errors
- Mechanical breakdown
- Control system malfunction
- Drive malfunction
- Improper installation
- Negligent design
What are the most frequent types of elevator accidents?
Some of the most common types of elevator accidents are as follows:
- People getting caught in between malfunctioning doors
- People being thrown around due to excessive speed
- People falling down the shafts
- People getting electrocuted
- People tripping due to unbalanced leveling with the floor
How do I know if I am entitled to financial compensation following an elevator accident in New York?
As in any personal injury case, to win your claim, you must first prove you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, you will need the help of an experienced attorney to determine who was liable for the injuries you have sustained. For example, elevator designers or manufacturers may be held responsible in a product liability claim. However, if you can prove a property owner knew or should have known about a potential safety hazard, failed to take action, and you were injured as a result, you may file a premises liability suit.
Insurance companies are known to deny victims of the financial compensation they deserve, so you must hire an attorney who is willing to fight, tooth-and-nail, for your rights. Some of the evidence you and your attorney may present to prove your claim is as follows:
- Medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries
- Witness testimony
- Security camera footage of your accident as it happened
- Pictures of the safety hazard
- Police reports
Your attorney will determine whether any additional evidence is necessary for proving your claim. Do not hesitate to reach out to one of our understanding, responsible, and knowledgeable attorneys to see what we can do for you.
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The Law Offices of Laurence C. Tarowsky is proud to serve clients in New York City and the surrounding areas after they have been injured by someone else’s negligence. For a consultation, contact our office today.