Elevator Accident Attorney NYC
An elevator accident attorney in New York will be able to assist you in any elevator accident you may be involved in. Elevators need to be maintained, manufactured properly, and constantly monitored. There have been quite a few elevator accidents in New York City, and most have resulted in a tragic death. The Platta Law Firm will be by you and your family’s side in any event that you are involved in an elevator accident. There are many different types of accidents that may occur within an elevator, we will review them in this article.
A proper New York City elevator accident attorney will have the experience and knowledge to take the proper steps in pursuing your settlement. A common type of elevator accident is when an individual falls into the elevator shaft. Properly functioning doors of an elevator will open perfectly aligned with the floor of the elevator. If the elevator is broken, then the elevator may not be aligned properly, leaving the shaft exposed. Accidents happen all the time when this occurs, causing severe injuries or even death. Sudden stops are also common while riding an elevator due to system malfunctioning. There can be a loss of power as well that can put the elevator into a sudden stop. Passengers inside the elevator can be thrown around into the walls or doors, resulting in trauma, head injuries, and more. A door sensor can also malfunction and close its doors on a passenger’s body while the passenger is standing in the doorway. A mis-leveled elevator can also lead to a passenger tripping when leaving the elevator.
There was an incident last year where a man who lived in a Kips Bay, apartment building, was crushed to death by an elevator in his building. He was attempting to get off the elevator and became trapped between the elevator car and a shaft wall and was crushed. Back in May, the department of building found that the elevator was missing a key safety component and shut it down, issuing a fine. Another incident back in October, a worker died when an elevator crushed him at a Manhattan construction site. The incident took place on the 33rd floor when a worker dropped his phone and as he went down to pick it up, he somehow became caught on something. The elevator fell and a metal piece that was sticking out from the shaft crushed him. Recently, in January, more than 400,000 elevator inspections conducted between 2017 and 2019 shows 2,127 instances where elevators were given a “satisfactory” rating only to have violations by the NYC DOB in the next 90 days. An audit took place that showed two companies under city contracts were routinely missing safety problems and even failed to document more than 14,000 required elevator inspections over a two-year period.
The Platta Law Firm has had years of experience with elevator accidents all over New York. We are a dedicated firm that will be by your side if you or your family are involved in such a tragedy. Our goal is to make the entire legal process as smooth and non-complex for our clients because you have enough to deal with when you are involved in an accident. Give us a call, we are offering free consultations at 212-51-5100. Our firm is located on 42 Broadway, New York, New York.