Long Island Elevator Accident Claims

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 for maintaining the elevator. Consult with a premises liability lawyer in Long Island to determine who may be negligent in your accident and how you can hold them responsible.

Common 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
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Wrongful death

Filing a Lawsuit 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, then the service company may be held liable for the injuries. If the accident is found to be caused by a product defect, then 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 for a personal injury case but would pursue a workers compensation claim against the party that hired them.

How An Experienced Lawyer 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.

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