Serious Elevator Accidents

Serious Elevator Accidents

Everyone is a little bit afraid of elevators – even subconsciously – and with good reason. Elevator accidents often cause serious injuries or death. The reasons for elevator accidents vary, but they are often the result of negligence in inspection, maintenance or building design.

Cutting Corners on Maintenance Compromises Elevator Safety

Many elevators in New York City are old, making regular inspection and maintenance critical. Unfortunately, building owners and landlords often seek to save money on maintenance and supplies, skimping on the inspections and maintenance that are supposed to keep elevators safe. Moreover, they delay spending money on improvements and upgrades recommended by the elevator companies to improve the safety of older elevators.

If you were injured or a loved one died in an elevator accident, it is important to speak with a knowledgeable premises liability lawyer to learn about your rights and discuss your legal options. At the New York City law firm of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C., our attorneys have been helping clients obtain compensation after serious accidents since 1998. Call us toll free at (800) 724-3537 or send an e-mail to schedule your free initial consultation.

New York law requires that building owners make arrangements for regular maintenance and inspection of elevators. However, when they do not and injuries or fatalities occur, it is not always easy to prove that the building owner was negligent and thus liable for the accident. That is why it is critical to consult a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. At Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C., we have been helping injured New Yorkers since 1998 and know how to investigate the facts to develop strong cases for our clients.

Examples of New York Elevator Accidents

Our New York elevator accident lawyers handle all types of cases involving serious injuries or fall fatalities caused by elevator malfunctions, including:

  • Elevator improperly levelled
  • Failure of the safety brake or speed governor
  • Elevator fires
  • Sudden stops between floors
  • Power failures
  • Doors closing too soon because of sensor failure
  • Failure of cab emergency switches
  • Outside elevator door opening when the elevator is between floors
  • Shock caused by defects in the elevator electrical system

Events such as these can usually be prevented with proper maintenance and inspection. However, accidents occur more frequently than one might think, and in many cases, the cause is cost-cutting and poor maintenance.

Call Us to Learn How Our Attorneys Can Help After an Elevator Accident or Death

Our law firm uses seasoned investigators to help determine liability. We obtain maintenance and city inspection records to learn the status of the elevator where the accident occurred. We also consult with medical providers and life care planners to find out how your injuries have affected your livelihood and family. We put all this information together to build a strong case for maximum compensation. To learn more, contact us by e-mail or call us toll free at (800) 724-3537 to schedule your free initial consultation.

Learn About Accidents and Injuries

Visit our accident information centers. If you see unsafe elevator conditions in Manhattan or anywhere in New York, call 311 or visit 311 Online.