New York Elevator Accidents

Elevators are used by millions of New Yorkers every day in subways, office and apartment buildings, malls, hospitals, schools and other public places. Most people get on and off without thinking about the dangerous potential. Unfortunately, some get seriously hurt. According to the New York Times, elevator accidents are more common than one would think. In public housing complexes alone, there have been approximately 300 reported accidents since 2001.

"Nearly 200 of the reports involved inner or outer elevator doors, which tenants have complained close too quickly or too forcefully. In June 2008, Catherine Martinez, 25, pushed her four-year-old daughter out of the way of a fast-moving elevator door in the Bronx."

Who is Liable for My Injuries?

Building management, owners and maintenance companies may be sued if their elevators are not kept current with safety codes and standards. Owners or managers are required to keep elevators up-to-date with current and properly working safety equipment and devices. Owners or building managers can also be held liable if there is a failure to develop and implement an emergency/rescue plan and to train and drill employees in the aspect of those plans.

Manufacturers can be sued for faulty elevators under the following conditions:

  • failure to inspect or test the elevator before placing it into service
  • failure to warn or adequately warn of a risk or hazard associated with an elevator

The most common type of elevator injury occurs as a result of a fall. However, injuries involving hands and feet are frequently reported. Sometimes, New York building owners and landlords will put off elevator repairs or safety upgrades in order to save on costly repair bills. Be cautious when entering or exiting elevators that do not level properly or are frequently problematic. In addition, you should always look carefully before you step in or out of an elevator.

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Victims and families of elevator accidents may be entitled to significant compensation for injuries resulting from an elevator accident, especially when they are caused by improper maintenance or negligence. Don't wonder about your rights — take action by scheduling a free consultation with the New York personal injury attorneys at Flanzig & Flanzig, LLP. We serve clients throughout the Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

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