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Elevators are a convenience and, quite often, a necessity for daily life and work. When elevators are negligently manufactured, installed or maintained, however, serious injury can result. Read on for a discussion of elevator accident injury claims, and call a dedicated New York elevator accident lawyer if you or someone you care about has been injured by a faulty elevator in New York City.
When an elevator malfunctions and someone gets hurt, some person or entity is responsible. A properly functioning elevator will not stall unexpectedly, free fall, trap individuals within, or otherwise cause injury. Liability for an elevator injury depends on the cause of the accident.
If the elevator was designed or manufactured defectively, the elevator manufacturer may be to blame. If the elevator was installed incorrectly, then the general contractor or real estate developer might be liable. If the fault with the elevator resulted from a lack of maintenance, lack of regular inspections, or improper usage of the elevator (such as permitting more people than the manufacturer’s recommended maximum), then the building owner or operator might be held responsible.
A seasoned elevator injury lawyer can investigate the circumstances of an elevator injury and identify the appropriate party to hold responsible.
Elevator injuries can occur for a variety of reasons and in a variety of ways. The most common events leading to elevator injury include the following:
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective elevator in a New York building, get help seeking damages from an experienced professional by contacting NYC premises liability lawyer Leandros A. Vrionedes for a free consultation at 212-889-9362, or in Queens at 718-777-5895.