Elevator Accidents

Elevator Accidents can result in serious injuries. If you have been injured due to an elevator defect you should contact at attorney to discuss your legal options. In New York, owners of building have a non-delegable duty to provide a safe and properly working elevator. Owners of buildings cannot avoid liability by simply saying they relied on an elevator repair company to maintain the elevator. The elevator maintenance and repair company may be liable for an an elevator accident where they negligently performed work, or they took over full control of the elevator maintenance from the owner. Elevator accidents usually fall into one of 4 categories: 1) Injuries due to improperly working doors. Elevator doors that close on users who are entering or leaving an elevator can cause serious harm, often resulting in damaged nerves, neurological injuries, or broken bones. Most elevators today are fitted with sensors which are supposed to prevent elevator doors from crushing elevators users. 2) Injuries due to mis-level elevators. When an elevator comes to a stop and the door opens there in an expectation that the floor of the elevator will be level with the hallway floor. When an elevator is not level with the outside floor, a trip and fall usually occurs. Falling in or out of a mis-level elevator often result in broken bones or a head injury. 3) Injury due to an elevator falling or dropping. An elevator that unexpectedly drops can result in serious injuries. It is not uncommon for people to suffer joint or spine injuries (knees, back, neck, etc) from the sudden acceleration and deceleration of a dropping or falling elevator. 4) Injuries resulting from being stuck in elevators. Often when someone is stuck in an elevator for a long period of time, injuries occur arising from the length of time they were in the elevator or from trying to escape. Because of the risk of injuries or death as a result of a mechanical failure of an elevator, elevators are highly regulated and require regular inspections. The failure of the elevator may subject the owner of the building and the elevator repair company to be liable for the injuries suffered. If you have been injured due to an elevator problem you should contact an attorney to discuss your rights. Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C. is a New York law firm that concentrates in personal injury actions such as elevator accidents, escalator accidents, ceiling collapses, construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, premises liability, trip and falls, slip and falls, snow and ice cases, medical malpractice, traumatic brain injuries, etc. Learn more at www.1800Lawline.com, or contact us at 1-800-LAWLINE, or 1-800-529-5463 Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C. handles personal injury actions in New York City, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, and Rockland County. We can often refer you to attorneys in other areas that we have worked with in the past. The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not meant as legal advice or to cover all possible facts or factors. An attorney should be consulted to discuss specific facts and laws.

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