In New York City, elevators are essential. They are convenient and save us from walking up countless flights of stairs to get to where we live and work. They are machines, however, and like any machines they may malfunction. Improper maintenance and defective designs or elevator parts can cause serious accidents, including sudden drops. A partial or complete elevator drop can have disastrous results.
An elevator drop can cause catastrophic injuries to anyone inside. Such injuries may include:
- Broken ankles, legs, and hips
- Spinal cord injuries
- Paralysis (paraplegia or quadriplegia)
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Head trauma
The distance of the fall and other factors may influence the exact type and severity of injuries, and some elevator falls may even prove fatal. If you or a loved one was injured as a result of an elevator drop, it is important to discuss your legal rights with an experienced professional.
Our NYC elevator accident lawyers at Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P. are standing by to offer the guidance you need. Call us at (646) 681-7055 to get started!
Elevator Falls: Who Is to Blame?
The at-fault party in an elevator fall may vary depending on what caused the incident in the first place. Was it a defective elevator part? If that’s the case, the manufacturer of the elevator may be responsible. Was it negligent maintenance of the elevator? The property owner and/or the maintenance company may be to blame.
By carefully investigating your elevator drop accident from every possible angle, we can determine cause and fault. Our New York City elevator drop attorneys can then pursue the financial compensation you need to rebuild.
Call (646) 681-7055 today to discuss your claim, your rights, your options, and how we can help.