Elevator Accident Lawyer
Shopping centers, apartment buildings, and hotels are only a small fraction of the many facilities that have installed passenger elevators. It is the responsibility of the building to maintain and inspect the elevators on a regular basis to ensure they are safe for riders. Whenever an elevator does not function properly, those who were injured or died may be able to hold a number of parties responsible including the building owner, maintenance company, and/or manufacturer. If you sustained injuries in an elevator accident, it is your right to have a caring elevator accident lawyer on your side. At Okun, Oddo & Babat, P.C. we will guide you through the process, protect your rights, and help you to recover maximum compensation.
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Statistics for Elevator Accident
Each year there are nearly 18 billion passengers will ride an elevator. Of these rides, nearly 10,000 mild to serious injuries and 27 deaths result. Individuals who maintain or work near elevators account for about half of the deaths and a large number of the injuries. If you were an elevator worker who was injured on the job, you will likely be able to receive workers compensation. You should also consult an elevator accident lawyer to determine whether or not you can file a separate personal injury claim.
Common Reasons for Elevator Accidents
As an elevator accident lawyer in New York, we have found that many accidents are directly related to:
- A door malfunction;
- Faulty wiring;
- Incompleted repairs or maintenance;
- Unbalanced leveling;
- Pulley system malfunction;
- Mechanical breakdown;
- Loose hanger bolts;
- Misalignment with the floors; and,
- Vulnerabilities of passenger safety.
Common accidents include:
- Elevator plummet
- Getting caught in the door
- The door opening without the elevator being there
- Sudden change in speed
- Abrupt stop
- Tripping and falling because of a floor misalignment
Injuries sustained in an elevator accident may include:
- Head trauma
- Brain injury
- Crushed or broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Internal injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Neck injuries
- Joint injuries
- Severe bruising
Freight Elevator Accidents
Freight elevator accidents are a specific type of accident that involves a special elevator used to move items. They are not meant for passengers, but employees may ride them at one point or another. Freight elevators must be properly installed and maintained, however, they are not required to adhere to the standard code requirements that a passenger elevator must meet. This means corners might get cut; resulting in a defective freight elevator. Like any other injury from an elevator accident, it is important to get advice from an elevator accident lawyer.
Elevator Accident Lawyers in New York
Following an accident, while riding or working on an elevator, you should not have to worry about how you will cover your medical bills and expenses. As an elevator accident lawyer, we will fight for your right and interests. Please do not delay in getting sound legal advice from an experienced advocate from Okun, Oddo & Babat, P.C.