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Elevators are a staple of New York City. They are in virtually every single building, which is why they are such a mundane part of our lives. We get in, and we get out, rarely thinking twice about it. However, if you are someone who was injured in an elevator accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of any damages you have incurred. Please read on to learn more about your legal options going forward:

What can cause an elevator accident?

Elevators are complex machines, so any number of things can go wrong and cause a very serious accident as a result. Some of the most common causes of elevator accidents are as follows:

  • Control system malfunction
  • Door operator errors
  • Mechanical breakdowns
  • Drive malfunction
  • Improper installations
  • Pully system malfunction
  • Negligent elevator design
  • Power failures
  • Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
  • Faulty wiring
  • Abrupt stops

Do I qualify for compensation after an accident?

To qualify for compensation, your attorney will have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. Insurance companies may fight to deny you the compensation you need, so you must hire an attorney who is ready to fight back. Our firm sees suffering clients as far more than a simple business transaction. We understand your pain, which is why we fight so tenaciously for our clients’ rights.

How can an attorney help me win a personal injury claim?

An experienced attorney knows the ins and outs of the claims process, which means he or she is capable of effectively gathering, examining, and presenting evidence to prove your personal injury claim. A knowledgeable attorney will work to uncover surveillance footage of the accident, pictures of the safety hazard that caused the malfunction, witness statements, police reports of the incident, medical documents, and more.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York?

New York has a statute of limitations of three years, meaning you have three years from the date of your accident to file a claim against a negligent party. However, if you wait and do not file within before the three-year mark, there is a very good chance you will lose out on your right to sue. Our firm is here to get the claims process started as soon as possible. We are ready to help.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

If you have been injured in a New York City 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 significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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