If you have been injured due the malfunction of an elevator, you are not alone. Many people have been victims of elevator accidents, causing serious injuries to their necks, backs, legs, arms and other parts of their bodies.
Owners and property managers of buildings with elevators are responsible for keeping the elevators in good working condition. When a malfunction with an elevator causes property damage or personal injury, the owner or manager of the building may be held liable for the resulting damages.
Companies that are under contract to service the elevators may be responsible if their negligence contributed to the accident. The companies that manufacture or design the parts used in the elevators may also be held liable for damages resulting from defectively designed or manufactured parts.
To find out more about your potential right to compensation, discuss your case with a qualified premises liability attorney at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP on Long Island. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Most Common Causes of Elevator Accidents
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Some of the most common types of elevator accidents involve:
- The improper leveling of an elevator.
- Defective or malfunctioning elevator doors.
- A sudden stop or start of an elevator.
- Operator error in some older elevator cars that require an elevator operator.
- Worn or broken cables or improperly maintained cables.
- Failed safety devices.
- Electrical issues causing an elevator to get stuck or free fall.
The misleveling of an elevator is the failure of an elevator car to stop level with the floor when coming to a halt. When the elevator door opens, the floor of the elevator is slightly higher or slightly lower than the floor of the building.
Misleveling of elevators has caused thousands of trip and fall cases that result in injuries to passengers getting on and off of an elevator. Misleveling can occur due to valve leaks or low oil in hydraulic elevators, and worn or defective brakes in older brake-controlled models.
Malfunctioning sliding doors are also a common factor in elevator accidents. The doors’ safety devices, such as electronic eyes or safety edges, have been known to malfunction and cause a door to close on someone who is entering or exiting the elevator. The speed of the door closing can also be a factor in hitting and knocking over riders getting on or off the elevator.
Speed malfunctions are another common cause of injuries on elevators. Malfunctions may cause the elevator car to move at much faster speeds than they are meant for, or they may stop or start abruptly, causing occupants to fall. Elevator cars can drop at high speeds and crash on the bottom floor, causing serious neck, back, and leg injuries.
Elevator accident injuries are not only suffered by riders, but can also happen to maintenance workers and building staff. Unsafe conditions can lead to falls in an elevator shaft or injuries sustained when attempting to remove trapped passengers from a stalled elevator.
Contact an Experienced Premises Liability Attorney in Long Island
If you or someone you care about has been injured in an elevator accident of any type, please contact the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP for a free consultation. Our personal injury attorneys have been representing injured people in in New York since 2003 and have recovered millions of dollars in damages for our clients.
Our attorneys work with investigators, medical professionals and financial specialists to ensure we fully document your case before we present compensation demands to insurers or jurors. When we go to court for you, we go prepared to win.
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