When elevator accidents occur, the results can be devastating. Many of us use elevators every day. As a result, it is important to know how these accidents occur and what to do in the event of an injury. Read on to learn more about elevator accidents in New Jersey.
What are Common Types of Elevator Accidents?
Elevator accidents can occur in a number of different ways. The most common accidents 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
What are the Most Common Injuries
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
Can I Recover Compensation?
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 over time, it can become defective. In these cases, your injury may be due to another party’s negligence and you may be able to recover compensation. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, be sure to:
- Call 911. The police can call an ambulance, file an accident report, and more.
- Obtain witness contacts. If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events later on.
- Document the scene. One of the most important things you can do is take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Seek medical attention. It is imperative that you visit the hospital immediately after an accident. This will provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving the hospital, make sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents and bills.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an elevator accident in New Jersey, make sure to contact our firm as soon as possible.
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.