What Should I Do After an Elevator Accident?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that elevator accidents injure approximately 10,200 people every year. Though fatal injuries are rare, they do happen annually. Sadly, most of these incidents could have been prevented if the elevators had been properly designed and maintained.
The most common reasons for elevator accidents and injuries include:
- Elevator doors closing on passengers or clothing
- The car suddenly falling or rising
- Snapped cables
- Manufacturing defects
- Negligent maintenance and failure to inspect
- Slippery floor inside the car
- Falling into the elevator shaft
- Being caught between the shaft wall and car
- Car misaligning with the floor
Elevator accidents can cause injuries such as broken bones, amputations, injured joints, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Entrapment, lack of oxygen, and exposure to dangerous fumes may occur if the car is stuck between floors or stuck during a fire. In addition, a lack of security in an elevator may lead to robbery, physical assault, or sexual assault.
We help injured passengers recover damages from the negligent party, which may include the property owner, landlord, and the elevator manufacturer. Our attorneys will aggressively pursue compensation for your losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
We’ll Make Justice Work for You
At RGLZ Personal Injury Law, we’ve represented numerous people who have been injured in elevator accidents over our nearly 50 years of service. Our experience with premises liability cases means that we have the knowledge and skill to determine who is responsible for your injury. To schedule a free consultation with a Long Island or New York City elevator accidents lawyer, give us a call at 866-639-5567 or contact us online. Let our decades of legal excellence make justice work for you.