You may not think elevator accident injury lawsuits are that common, but approximately 11,000 people are injured in elevator accidents each year. Throughout Long Island, in shopping malls like Roosevelt Field and Smithtown Mall and in business hubs such as Melville, Lake Success and Huntington, these types of accidents are inevitable. If you or a loved one was injured in an elevator, you are far from alone and may have a very good case.
When something goes wrong with an elevator, the fault may lie with several parties: the manufacturer of the elevator or a specific part, the business owner where the accident occurred, the property owner or a service company responsible with maintaining the elevator.
Elevator Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries
Elevator accidents can cause a number of serious and debilitating injuries that can leave its victim unable to work or go to school, in need of multiple surgeries and expensive treatments and in serious pain and no longer able to do some everyday tasks and activities that gave them pleasure in the past. Injuries may include:
- Neck injuries
- Knee injuries
- Amputated limbs
- Back injuries
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
Who Do You Sue for an Elevator Accident?
When someone is injured in an elevator, the specific circumstances of what caused that accident determine who is at fault. This may be the building owner and/or business owner if they are not properly maintaining the elevator, scheduling required safety inspections or if they had reason to believe there might be a problem but did not take the necessary steps to fix it.
If the property and business owners take these steps but the service company they hire is negligent in doing proper repairs, or does sub-par work to save time and cut costs, than the service company may be held liable for the injuries. If accident is found to be caused by a product defect, than the elevator company or specific parts manufacturer can be held responsible.
If the injured party is an elevator service worker or an employee in the building, they can sue any of the parties responsible as a personal injury case, but would pursue a workers compensation claim against the party that hired them.
If You Or a Loved One Was Injured in an Elevator Accident, Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
If you or someone in your family is in an elevator accident, it is important to consult with a personal injury lawyer. What we will do is reconstruct the accident and utilize top engineers to help determine who was at fault for the accident. We will also work with your doctors and other medical experts to document your injuries and show they were caused by the accident. We have experience winning these cases because we take the time and care to fight for each and every client’s rights to get the maximum benefits they deserve. Most importantly, we take the time with our clients to answer all their questions and keep them informed at each stage of their case.
If you have any questions or want to discuss a recent elevator accident you or a family member had, please contact our office for a free consultation. We will sit down with you to discuss your case and answer all you questions. There are never any fees until you collect a settlement.