When people use elevators, they trust that the machines are safe. This requires it to be properly made and maintained by those whose job it is to do so. However, if they fail to do so, malfunctions can occur that cause serious accidents and injuries to happen. In these situations, the injured party can pursue legal action in order to recover compensation for these damages. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance with your case.
What are Common Types of Elevator Accidents?
There are many different ways that an elevator accident can happen. If an elevator manufacturer cuts corners during production, the machine may be defective. Or, if the property owner does not ensure the machine is maintained overtime, it can become defective. Common causes of accidents can include:
- Electrocutions due to faulty wiring
- Tripping due to uneven or unbalanced leveling with the floor
- Falling down the elevator shafts
- Getting caught in between malfunctioning doors
- Being whipped around due to excessive elevator speed
- Elevator fires
Can I Recover Compensation?
People can sustain severe injuries in an elevator accident. This can include cuts and bruises, crush injuries, back/neck injuries, head trauma, severed limbs, broken bones, and even wrongful death. When pursuing legal action for these injuries, it is important to know the negligent party can vary depending on the case. If a manufacturer is at fault, it may be a product liability case. If the property owner is negligent, it may be a premises liability case. When pursuing legal action, the injured party must collect evidence that shows negligence was the direct cause of their suffering. Evidence for a case can include security camera footage, witness statements, police reports, pictures of the safety hazard, medical documentation of the injuries you sustained, and more.
Contact our Firm
Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.