If you live in the City, there is a very good chance you use elevators regularly. Most people do not think twice when coming aboard an elevator, however, the unfortunate reality is that elevators can pose serious safety risks if improperly maintained or produced. If you have been injured in an elevator accident, you are most likely seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some common causes of elevator accidents?

Elevators are composed of many mechanical parts, which is why even the smallest malfunction can cause a serious injury. Here are some of the most common contributors to elevator accidents and injuries:

  • Mechanical breakdowns
  • Control system malfunctions
  • Faulty wiring
  • Abrupt stops
  • Pully system malfunctions
  • Negligent elevator design
  • Power failures
  • Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
  • Door operator errors

What are the most common types of elevator accidents?

Some of the most common types of elevator accidents that lead to serious injuries are as follows:

  • Tripping due to unbalanced leveling with the floor
  • People falling down the shafts
  • People getting caught in between malfunctioning doors
  • People being thrown around due to excessive speed
  • Electrocutions

What are the injuries most commonly sustained in elevator accidents?

Some of the injuries that have recovered financial compensation in the past include, though are not limited to:

  • Crush injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Head trauma
  • Neck injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Wrongful death
  • Severed limbs
  • Cuts and bruises

How do I recover compensation following elevator accidents?

To recover the financial compensation you deserve, you will first have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. This is why one of the most important things you can do is hire an experienced attorney. An attorney will help you assemble the evidence you need to prove your claim. Some of the evidence your attorney may help you recover can include security camera footage of your accident as it happened, medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries, witness statements to help verify your claim, police reports, and more. When you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you must take action immediately. Do not let the insurance companies take advantage of your situation. Hire a knowledgeable attorney who will aggressively fight to recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track.

Contact our experienced New York firm

The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.