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There are many people who use elevators almost daily, especially in New York City. If an elevator is not properly made or maintained, it can cause them to become dangerous and experience malfunctions. When this happens, severe accidents can take place that cause injuries to those who use them. Those who are harmed in these accidents can pursue legal action 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?

Elevators have many moving parts that are required to work together so that the machine does its job correctly without injuring those who ride it. Accidents may take place in the event of the following:

  • 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?

Severe injuries can come from an elevator accident in New York. This can include cuts and bruises, crush injuries, back injuries, head trauma, neck injuries, severed limbs, broken bones, and wrongful death. When injuries are sustained, legal action can be pursued by filing a personal injury claim. This requires the injured party to collect evidence that proves negligence took place. 

It is important to note that a negligent party can vary depending on the circumstances of the case. For example, in the event that a property owner caused the accident, it may result in a premises liability case. If it is the fault of the elevator manufacturer, it may call for a product liability case. Helpful evidence for a case 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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