According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10,200 people are injured and 27 people are killed in elevator accidents each year. Half of these accidents involve maintenance or repair workers, and old, poorly maintained elevators are often the cause of the accidents. Door malfunctions, abrupt stopping, cables snapping and brakes not working due to poor elevator maintenance can result in serious personal injuries.
In New York City, where more than 60,000 elevators transport people to and from their offices, businesses, hotel rooms, and apartments, elevator safety is particularly important. Unfortunately, many elevators and escalators are not safe, posing a serious threat to the well-being of the people who depend on them every day.
If you find yourself in a malfunctioning elevator, try to remember to stay calm. Press the emergency button and tell the rescue personnel where the elevator is located. Do not try to open an elevator door that is stuck, manually or with a tool. Keep in mind that in the case of an accident, the courts could hold you responsible for your own injuries if you interfered with the operation of the elevator.
If you or a family member is the victim of an elevator or escalator accident in New York, you should contact the experienced attorneys at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC to schedule a free consultation. We know how elevators and escalators should be maintained and have been representing victims of premises liability and elevator and escalator accidents for decades.
At Simonson Goodman Platzer PC, we put our decades of legal experience and award winning expertise to work on behalf of our clients. We develop persuasive cases to maximize the recovery for those injured in New York elevator or escalator accidents and will work tirelessly to help you receive the full financial compensation you deserve.