Millions of us use elevators every day without a passing thought as to its safe operation. But every once in a while, a true horror story makes headlines that causes us to reconsider our security as we enter and exit that little box.
Suzanne Hart, a 41-year-old executive at one of Manhattan’s most prominent advertising firms, wasn’t thinking about it when she stepped into the elevator of an 85-year-old Midtown office building in December 2011. She had only one foot inside when the elevator suddenly lurched up, pinning her between the elevator and the wall. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 27 people are killed in elevator accidents each year. Many more are injured.
The premises liability lawyers of The Sanders Firm understand that these numbers, though perhaps small relative to our widespread reliance and use of elevators, believe that these statistics would be even lower if property owners and operators of these machines acted without negligence.
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Liability in an elevator accident
If someone suffers from an elevator accident in NYC or any New York area borough, certain individuals and entities may be held accountable. In the case of Suzanne Hart, the elevator service company may be responsible, as they performed maintenance on the elevator just hours before the accident. The elevator manufacturer may be to blame for using faulty parts or having prior knowledge of problems with components of the elevator without a timely remedial response.
In addition, property owners may be liable, as they are responsible for the adequate upkeep of the buildings in which the elevators reside. If they ignored requests for repair, took short cuts to save money, failed to maintain timely inspections, or were otherwise negligent in keeping the elevator in good working condition, a New York personal injury lawyer may take proper legal action against such owners.
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If you’ve been harmed in an elevator accident or slip and fall in NYC, you already have a lot to deal with. You may be facing surgery, continued medical care, medical bills, loss of financial support, rehabilitation costs, and more.
The Sanders Firm has a long history of litigating New York elevator accident injuries in court. A successful personal injury lawsuit can help recover the lost wages, the medical costs, as well as compensate victims for the pain and suffering inflicted as a result of the accident.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an elevator accident in NYC or any of the surrounding areas, a free consultation with The Sanders Law Firm can help you determine the extent of your rights and whether you may be eligible for filing a premises liability lawsuit in New York. You deserve representation.
At The Sanders Law Firm, Success Is A Tradition
Founded in 1967, The Sanders Law Firm has flourished into one of New York’s most successful personal injury practices, with an accomplished team of attorneys, paralegals, health care consultants, and support staff. Our trial attorneys take new cases on a contingency basis, which means there is no cost to the client unless we secure monetary damages on your behalf.
Our personal injury law firm continues to make its industry-leading legal services even better, and hire attorneys and staff that enable us to serve a more diverse population.
At The Sanders Firm, there is never any charge to evaluate your case. We have helped thousands of injured clients throughout New York City, Long Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, and we’re prepared to help you too. In just the last five years we have procured over $100 million dollars on behalf of our clients, thanks to our vast resources and experienced attorneys. Our personal injury law firm continues to make its industry-leading legal services even better, and hire attorneys and staff that enable us to serve a more diverse population.
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The Sanders Law Firm is a New York personal injury practice with offices in Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.