New York Elevator Accident Lawyer
Highrise buildings are everywhere in New York City. While some of these buildings are walk-ups, most have elevators. Even though elevators and escalators can be quite convenient, they’re not always safe. Every year, thousands of people are injured in elevator accidents across the country. Many of those accidents happen right here in New York City.
Are you or a loved one struggling with an injury because you were in a NYC elevator accident? If so, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. for immediate legal assistance. You may have the right to recover compensation. Our tenacious legal team can help you fight to maximize your recovery.
Since 1977, we’ve been the fiercest advocate for elevator injury victims across New York. Our attorneys have more than 200 years of combined experience and have recovered more than $1 Billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients. If you’ve been involved in an elevator accident in NYC, we’re here for you, too.
Give our NYC law firm a call to schedule your free consultation today. We’re always available to take your call, day or night, 365 days a year.
How Will a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me After a NYC Elevator Accident?
Elevator accidents can be terrifying. Your heart probably went into your throat and you might’ve feared the worst. Now you’re struggling with a painful injury and forced to relive the trauma of your accident every day. Bills are adding up and, if you’re unable to work, it can be hard to make ends meet. Fortunately, you might be entitled to compensation that could make a huge difference as you get back on your feet.
Even though you may have the right to seek compensation, getting money in your hands might be tough. Hiring an attorney to handle your elevator accident case can make a huge difference. Here’s why you shouldn’t hesitate to call MML after your NYC elevator accident:
- You might not realize that multiple people are responsible (and liable) for your accident. We’ll investigate and seek damages from anyone who caused you to get hurt.
- What you’ll have to prove depends on why you got hurt. We’ll determine if you should file a premises liability lawsuit, product liability lawsuit, and/or a different type of claim.
- Insurance companies won’t make things easy. In fact, they’ll fight you every step of the way and do everything they can to minimize your payout.
- Property owners or negligent parties might try to blame you for the accident. We’ll stand up for you and work hard to prevent those tactics from hurting your ability to get the money you deserve.
- It’s hard to know what your case is worth, and you certainly don’t want to let an insurer decide. We work with experts who can help us better understand your injuries and what your case is worth.
We know how devastating an unexpected accident can be. That’s why we’re here for you when you need it most. We’ll go above and beyond to secure meaningful compensation on your behalf. There’s no risk in asking us for help, so reach out to us by phone or online today.
Who’s Liable For My NYC Elevator Accident?
Under New York state law, anyone who contributes to an elevator accident can be on the hook for resulting damages. You can potentially seek compensation from anyone who allowed you to get hurt. This might include:
- Building owners and property owners
- Building maintenance groups
- General contractors or subcontractors on a NYC construction site
- Elevator manufacturing companies, or
- Government agencies.
You deserve to know who caused your elevator accident. Our personal injury lawyers will carefully investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident. We’ll work hard to figure out why it happened and who’s at fault. Then we’ll seek money from anyone who even remotely contributed to your injuries. This can help us obtain maximum compensation on your behalf.
Why Do Elevator Accidents in NYC Happen?
There are more than 84,000 elevators across New York City. This includes freight elevators, dumbwaiters, construction lifts, and other commercial devices. This leaves about 63,000 passenger elevators. That’s more than the total number of elevators in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Miami, combined.
Every day, those elevators help millions of people navigate hotels, businesses, restaurants, and museums across the city. However, not everyone makes it to their intended floor safely. Accidents are far too common. According to data published by the Burea of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, elevator accidents kill about 30 people every year. Another 17,000 get hurt.
Why are so many people getting hurt on elevators in New York? In truth, a lot of different factors can contribute to a catastrophic elevator accident. However, studies show that leading causes include:
- Inadequate maintenance and servicing
- Trips and falls
- Caught in/between moving parts
- Leveling issues
- Defective elevator equipment
- Broken doors
- Faulty wiring, and
- Open shafts.
Elevator accidents are becoming increasingly common on NYC construction sites. According to the Center for Construction Research and Training, the rate of elevator-related deaths on construction sites doubled between 2003 and 2016. More than half of these fatal accidents involved falls, particularly from heights of more than 30 feet.
We’ll Fight to Get Money For All of Your Injuries After an Elevator Accident in NYC
Whether you’ve fallen down an elevator shaft or had your hand caught in a malfunctioning door, you can sustain severe, debilitating injuries. At MML, we’re here to help you fight to get money for all of your elevator accident injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Lost limbs
- Brain injury
- Back and neck injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Crushing injury
- Wrongful death, and more.
GIve our NYC law firm to schedule a free case assessment. If you can’t make it into our law office, we can come to you. We can set a time to visit you at home, at the hospital, or at work. We’ll go wherever you need us to be.
What Damages Are Available After a NYC Elevator Accident?
When you get hurt because an elevator wasn’t properly maintained or because the equipment was defective, you have the right to demand compensation. Our experienced NYC personal injury attorneys will aggressively seek money on your behalf. We’ll seek damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for immediate legal advice and assistance today. We represent clients across New York, including Brooklyn, the Bronx, Long Island, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, and Westchester.
Statute of Limitations For NYC Elevator Accident Cases
There’s only a short window of time in which you can file an injury claim after you get hurt in an elevator accident. Generally speaking, you’ll have three years from the date you get hurt to pursue compensation. You risk losing the right to file a lawsuit or demand money if you wait too long to initiate a legal claim.
You may have more or less time to file a claim, depending on the specific circumstances of your case. For example, you’ll have less time to act if you want to recover money from the government or a workers’ compensation insurance policy. On the other hand, you may have additional time ot seek damages if there’s a reasonable delay in discovering your injuries or if you were a minor when you got hurt.
It’s best to consult with an experienced NYC elevator accident lawyer as soon as you can. Call MML for immediate assistance. We can get to work on your case right away and fight to make sure that you don’t miss out on valuable compensation because of a legal technicality.
Have you gotten hurt in an elevator accident in New York City? If so, do not hesitate to call the experienced legal team at MML for help. You may have the right to demand money for your injuries. We’ll stand by your side throughout the entire process and fight to maximize your recovery.
We offer a free consultation, so contact us today to schedule yours.