Elevator accidents are more common than you would imagine. Every year, tens of thousands of people are injured in public and private places such as office buildings, stores, airports, apartment complexes, schools, and malls. New York has strict regulations that govern the maintenance, operation, and repair of elevators. When these rules are not followed, people often get hurt.
Elevator accidents can happen due to a wide variety of causes such as doors opening when they should not, elevators not leveling at floors when they should, and elevators coming to a sudden and abrupt stop which can result in catastrophic injuries for those riding inside.
Liability for Elevator Accidents in New York
When determining liability for an elevator accident, many factors have to be taken into account. An investigation will need to be conducted immediately to determine whether, for example, a property owner or a service company for the elevator is liable for your injuries. Witnesses may need to be contacted, evidence may need to be preserved, and experts may need to be hired to inspect the elevator soon after the incident has occurred.
Compensation for Injuries Sustained in an Elevator Accident
If you have been injured in an elevator accident, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Your medical costs;
- Lost wages;
- Pain and Suffering; and
- A myriad of other damages.