Elevator Accident Lawyer in New Jersey
Elevator Premises Liability
It is easy to take your safety for granted when using an elevator. Although elevator accidents seldom occur, they can be devastating when they do happen. Elevator users and maintenance workers are the most vulnerable groups are the ones most commonly injured in elevator accidents. Elevators have the potential to cause serious injuries or even fatalities if they are not maintained properly. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an elevator accident, it is important that you obtain information regarding your legal rights and options. Don’t hesitate to call Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. to discuss your experience and find out whether you can hold the building owner or manager responsible for your injuries. We offer free consultations and can help you make an informed decision about whether you should file a NJ premises liability claim. Call today at (609) 240-0040.
How Common are Elevator Accidents?
In general, elevator accidents are rare. According to ConsumerWatch.com, there are about 18 billion elevator trips made each year in the United States. A recent report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that about 27 people are killed each year in elevator accidents. Just because these accidents are rare, however, does not mean property owners can ignore elevators and the risks they pose.
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Common Causes of NJ Elevator Accidents
There are several reasons why an elevator may fail to work properly. Elevators are complex machines with several moving parts that require annual inspections and repairs. When injuries do occur, they are typically attributed to a defective design or a failure to properly maintain the elevator. Many elevator accidents involve:
- Sudden falls or drops
- Defective safety strips on the door
- Improper design
- Inadequate service and maintenance
- Elevator cars landing incorrectly above or below the floor
If You are Involved in an Elevator Accident in New Jersey
If you have been injured in an elevator accident, it is important that you seek prompt medical attention. Report the incident to the authorities and to the building management. Make sure you obtain a copy of the incident report. In such cases, the property owner and/or manager can be held accountable for the victims' injuries, damages and losses. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, care for life-long disability and pain and suffering. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault parties seeking compensation for damages as well.
Elevator accidents may be rare, but they may still be devastating. NJ elevator accident attorneys David Silverstein and Gabriel Lependorf understand the challenges facing injured victims and the families of fatal victims and can offer compassionate and tenacious legal representation. We can help you get the money you need for the best possible physical and emotional recovery.
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