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Para la mayoría de los residentes de la ciudad de Nueva York, viajar en un ascensor es una parte normal de la vida. Usando un ascensor es una necesidad para mucha gente. Según Consumer Watch, hay cerca de un millón de ascensores en los Estados Unidos. Hacen más de 18 millones de viajes al año, cada uno con un promedio de cinco personas por viaje.
En general, los ascensores son confiables y seguros. Sin embargo, ocasionalmente ocurren accidentes. La Oficina de Estadísticas Laborales informa que más de 10,200 personas se lesionan cada año en un accidente de ascensor y aproximadamente 30 personas se mueren. En general, para el público, alrededor del 50% de las muertes son el resultado de caer en el hueco del ascensor; el otro 50% se distribuye entre los siguientes:
Para los trabajadores de mantenimiento de ascensores, el 50% de heridas y muertes resultaron de caer en el hueco de un ascensor. Para los trabajadores de construcción que están alrededor de los elevadores, el 53% de las muertes ocurren durante la instalación o reparación.
Los defectos y los accidentes de ascensores pueden ser causados por una variedad de defectos y/o mal funcionamiento, incluidos los siguientes:
En la ciudad de Nueva York, un propietario es responsable de mantener las instalaciones, incluidos sus ascensores, en condiciones razonablemente seguras. Como explica FindLaw, esto se conoce como responsabilidad de las instalaciones. Los dueños de propiedades, o algunas veces sus residentes, son responsables por cualquier accidente o lesión que ocurra en su propiedad.
Los visitantes a la propiedad generalmente caen dentro de una de las siguientes cuatro clasificaciones:
Los propietarios o sus residentes deben cuidar razonablemente a cualquier persona que no sea intruso para asegurarse de que el local sea seguro. Esto significa que son responsables del mantenimiento y la reparación adecuados de todos los aspectos de la propiedad. Incluso con respecto a los intrusos, especialmente a los niños, los propietarios, arrendatarios y residentes están obligados a dar una advertencia razonable de cualquier condición del local que pueda causar lesiones o la muerte.
La US Law Network define la negligencia como la incapacidad de ejercer “el grado de cuidado que una persona razonablemente prudente habría usado bajo las mismas circunstancias”. Cuando un propietario, o residente del establecimiento incumple ese deber de cuidado, puede ser responsable de los daños cuando un visitante sufre una lesión. Sin embargo, esto es cierto solo si existe una relación entre él y el visitante.
El Colegio de Abogados de la Ciudad de Nueva York declara que la responsabilidad de las instalaciones es bastante amplia en Nueva York, abarcando cualquier condición insegura que resulte en una lesión o muerte. Para tener éxito en una demanda por responsabilidad civil, el demandante debe poder probar las siguientes tres cosas:
En la ciudad de Nueva York, un propietario o residente no debe cuidar a un intruso. Sin embargo, hay dos excepciones a esta regla. Si un propietario o residente sabe o debería haber sabido que hay un intruso en la propiedad y no hace nada para aliviar la situación, se considera que accedió a la presencia del intruso y puede ser considerado responsable de cualquier lesión que el intruso recibe. Del mismo modo, si hay una molestia atractiva en la propiedad, como una piscina sin cercar, que el propietario o residente sabe o debería haber sabido que atraerá niños, (s) puede ser considerado responsable de cualquier lesión que el niño reciba.
Para los residentes de Nueva York, los ascensores son una forma de transporte extremadamente necesaria, y tendemos a dar por sentado que los que utilizamos todos los días siempre funcionan correctamente. Desafortunadamente, pueden ocurrir malfuncionamientos que pueden causar un accidente en un ascensor que resulta en lesiones terribles que pueden afectar la salud de la víctima.
Cada año en los Estados Unidos, aproximadamente 17.000 personas sufren lesiones y 30 personas mueren en accidentes en elevadores. Estos accidentes pueden ocurrir en hoteles, edificios de oficinas, edificios públicos, centros comerciales, escuelas y aeropuertos, entre muchos otros. Los dueños y gerentes son responsables del mantenimiento del ascensor, y pueden ser considerados responsables si ocurre un accidente.
Las estadísticas muestran que es más probable que algunas personas sufran un accidente en un ascensor. Estos incluyen trabajadores que instalan o reparan ascensores, ancianos y niños, y personas que viajan en ascensores diariamente para trabajar. Los tipos más comunes de accidentes de ascensor incluyen mal funcionamiento de la puerta, nivelación incorrecta, parada brusca y caídas.
Si usted o un ser querido es víctima de un accidente de ascensor, esto es lo que debe hacer para obtener compensación:
Si usted o un miembro de la familia se lesiona en un accidente de ascensor, llámenos hoy para una consulta gratis. Estamos aquí para luchar por la compensación que usted y su familia se merecen!
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