March 30, 2017
What to do if you’ve been a victim of an elevator accident
By Jonathan Damashek
For New York residents, elevators are an extremely necessary form of transportation, and we tend to take for granted that the elevators we use every day are working properly. Unfortunately, malfunctions happen that can cause serious accidents resulting in terrible injuries that can affect the health of the victim.
Every year in the United States, approximately 17,000 people sustain injuries and 30 people die in elevator accidents. These accidents may occur in hotels, office buildings, public buildings, malls, schools, and airports, among many others. Owners and managers are responsible for elevator maintenance, and they might be held responsible if an accident occurs.
Statistics show that certain people are more likely to be injured on elevators. These include workers who install or repair elevators, elderly people and children, and people who ride elevators daily to work. Common types of elevator accidents include door malfunction, improper leveling, abrupt stopping, and falls.
If you or a loved one is a victim of an elevator accident here’s what you need to do to achieve compensation:
- Get out of the elevator immediately. If you’re unable to move, call for help.
- Seek medical attention. Even if you are feeling okay, some injuries may appear later. Ask your doctor for a full report.
- Gather information. If there are witnesses or other victims, get their contact information.
- If possible, document the scene. Take pictures of the elevator and where the accident occurred. The more details you get, the greater the chance that you’ll be compensated.
- Contact a lawyer. An experienced and knowledgeable elevator accident lawyer can help you understand your legal options and pursue a claim to maximize your potential compensation.
If you or a family member is injured in an elevator accident call us today for a free consultation. We are here to fight for the compensation you and your family deserve!