In the New York Metropolitan area, many people ride elevators every day to get to their apartment or office. Most multi-story buildings have elevators for both accessibility and convenience. Generally speaking, elevators work as they should, without any issues. However, when elevators do malfunction, people can get seriously injured as a result. At Asta Law we have represented the victims of elevator accidents and helped them to obtain justice for over twenty-five years.
Reported elevator accidents include:
As you can see, there are many causes of elevator malfunction that can injure an elevator passenger or elevator mechanic. If you or a family member or friend have suffered an injury in an elevator accident, then contact Asta Law for a free consultation.
If your elevator or escalator related injury has been caused by the negligence of a state, city, county, or local municipality, or other government entity, then, to preserve your right to bring a claim for compensation of your injuries, a Notice of Claim must be filed within 90 days of the date of the accident.
When an elevator fails or malfunctions, it’s almost always due to improper inspections, maintenance, or repairs. Sometimes there is a design defect or manufacturing defect which causes the malfunction. A thorough investigation must be conducted as soon as possible after an elevator incident. Often, if the police or buildings department is contacted at the time of the accident, an investigation will be conducted immediately, and a report prepared.
Other causes of elevator accidents can be the failure to:
Success in recovering compensation for your elevator accident depends on hiring the right personal injury lawyers with the experience to litigate your case and bring the right resources and experts to help your case. Our attorneys have successfully represented the victims of elevator accidents. We can take your case to trial, or often we find that an insurance company will settle our client’s case for a very high amount when they see the strength of our presentation.
Elevators are sophisticated pieces of equipment. Unlike a motor vehicle accident involving driver error, the cause of an elevator accident is often hidden within the elevator’s mechanical and electrical operation and repair and maintenance schedules.
We will determine who the responsible parties are when an elevator malfunctions by investigating. Each accident is unique and can result in different injuries and damages.
Responsible parties may include:
When an accident occurs, the standard procedure is to take the car out of service until an investigation can be performed. A proper analysis by the building owner’s insurance company and local or state officials may help establish who is legally responsible. However, a building owner or property manager often does not do a proper investigation, who will not want to take the time and disrupt the operation of the building. Obtaining a lawyer quickly is essential. Our firm will seek to inspect the elevator as soon as possible to determine what went wrong and who is responsible.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a malfunctioning elevator call Asta Law immediately. We can help you with your accident.
An elevator accident can be emotionally and physically devastating. Michael J. Asta, Esq. is one of New York’s leading accident attorneys with over 500 Million Dollars recovered for clients and over 30 years fighting for New Yorkers like you. You can be confident that the legal team at Asta Law is fully committed to winning the best possible results for our personal injury clients and their families. If you’ve been injured in an elevator accident, call Asta Law at (212) 244-6555 or complete the contact form here on our website so we can help you. The consultation is free, and we work on a contingency basis meaning there is no fee until we obtain compensation on your behalf, guaranteeing you’ll never come out of pocket.
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