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Elevators are heavy and complex pieces of machinery. When they do not work correctly, they can cause accidents that result in severe injuries. In the event that this happens, injured parties may wish to pursue legal action that allows them to recover compensation for any damages. In doing so, be sure to retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance.

What are Common Types of Elevator Accidents?

Within an elevator are many moving parts that must work together so it can function properly. If they do not, malfunctions can happen that cause accidents. The following are common ways that an elevator accident can take place:

  • 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?

When an elevator accident happens, it can cause serious injuries as a result. This can include the following:

  • Cuts and bruises
  • Crush injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Head trauma
  • Neck injuries
  • Severed limbs
  • Broken bones
  • Wrongful death

After an elevator accident happens, legal action can be pursued by filing a personal injury claim. During this time, the injured party must gather evidence to prove that negligence took place. If a property owner caused the accident, it may result in a premises liability case. If the elevator manufacturer caused the accident, it could result in a product liability case. Evidence that can be helpful in court 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

If you have been injured in a New York City car accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.

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