Elevators are large, heavy pieces of machinery. They have various moving parts that must work properly with one another in order for the machine to function. In the event that they do not, an elevator can malfunction and cause an accident. This can result in devastating and serious injuries. It is because of this that injured parties can pursue legal action to recover compensation for any damages. To learn more, continue reading and contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance with your case.
What are Common Types of Elevator Accidents?
When an elevator has faulty parts and malfunctions, it can cause an accident to happen. This may occur in the event that a property owner does not inspect the elevator routinely or an elevator manufacturer is negligent during production. The following are different ways an elevator accident may be caused:
- 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?
Elevator accidents can cause serious injuries to the individuals that are involved. These can sometimes affect a person for the rest of their life. Compensation may be recovered in the event of the following injuries:
- Cuts and bruises
- Crush injuries
- Back injuries
- Head trauma
- Neck injuries
- Severed limbs
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
To recover compensation, the injured party must file a personal injury claim. During this time, they are required to prove that negligence directly caused the accident and their injuries. This can be done by gathering the proper evidence with the help of an attorney. Depending on the circumstances of the case, there could be grounds for premises liability or product liability. Evidence that can be beneficial for the 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.