Generally, people trust that elevators are safe when they use them. While this is usually the case, there are times in which the machine can become defective due to the negligence of another party. This may happen if it is not properly made or maintained. This can cause an accident and serious injuries to be sustained, leading injured parties to pursue legal action. During this time, it is possible to recover compensation for damages due to the accident. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance with your case.
What are Common Types of Elevator Accidents?
There are many different ways that an elevator accident can happen in New Jersey. If the manufacturer does not follow protocol during production or a property owner does not maintain the machine, it can become defective and malfunction. Common causes of accidents can 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
Can I Recover Compensation?
Severe injuries can be sustained in an elevator accident, such as cuts and bruises, crush injuries, back/neck injuries, head trauma, severed limbs, broken bones, and even wrongful death. When pursuing legal action, it is important to understand that the negligent party can vary depending on the circumstances of the case. If a manufacturer is negligent, it may be a product liability case. If the property owner is negligent, it may be a premises liability case. To successfully recover compensation, the injured party must gather evidence that proves negligence directly caused their suffering. Evidence for a case can include security camera footage, witness statements, police reports, pictures of the safety hazard, medical documentation of the injuries you sustained, and more.
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If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an automobile accident, please contact my office as quickly as possible following the subject accident. It is important to consult with us early on so that we may begin the process of fighting for your rights in regard to any potential claim that you may have. The process is complicated and requires the expertise of a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney. CONTACT US TODAY!