Elevators are so common in New York that we take them for granted. Most people who live in New York use elevators on an almost daily basis. Despite having some of the best trained and qualified elevator mechanics in the country, thousands of people are severely injured each year due to elevator malfunctions. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 11,000 people are hurt each year when elevators malfunction, causing head injuries, broken bones and back injuries. In some cases, the injuries are fatal.
If you or your loved one has been injured in an elevator mishap, you probably are overwhelmed by pain and suffering, medical bills, and the loss of household income — and you may not know who the responsible parties are or how to hold them accountable. That’s why it’s important that you have the experience of the New York lawyers at Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. on your side.
With more than 150 years of combined experience, our attorneys are well-prepared to handle all your legal needs and help you obtain the money you deserve. Call us at (516) 342-2200 or fill out our online contact form for immediate attention to your case. We will fight for you!
Elevator accidents are an example of a premises liability case, which are accidents that result from property owners’ negligence, poor property maintenance, and unsafe conditions. Elevator accidents happen despite specific New York regulations to make sure each and every one is operating properly. The causes include neglect by property owners, improper maintenance, or old and faulty equipment. Injuries occur when an elevator:
- Suddenly stops and starts
- Suddenly speeds up
- Stops between floors
- Fails to open or close its doors
- Closes its doors on a rider
- Feels as though it is falling due to a generator failure
- Does not stop in line with the floor, causing riders to trip when entering or exiting
If you or your loved one is suffering from an injury caused by a hazardous or dangerous condition when entering, exiting, or riding on an elevator, you need the New York lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. , at your side. We will investigate any defect that may have causing the accident, including building owner negligence, failure to maintain the elevator, failure to inspect it, and failure to adequately warn of known risks or problems associated with the elevator.
The New York legal team of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. will help you pursue compensation for your injuries and damages. You may be entitled to money for both past and future:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost income
- Loss of annuity
- Loss of pension
- Loss of Social Security income
- Loss of health care benefits
- Loss in the value of household services
- Medical benefits
- Loss of consortium – spousal or parent-child relationships that have been negatively impacted by the injury
In order to secure those money damages, you need an experienced lawyer who can clearly establish that fault, carelessness or negligence of another caused your injuries. With combined legal experience of over 150 years, our attorneys are well-prepared to handle all your legal needs. Call us at (516) 342-2200 or fill out our online contact form for immediate attention to your case. We will fight for you!