A Philadelphia Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant who was severely injured in an elevator accident last summer was finally released from the hospital in late January, highlighting the devastating injuries that victims can suffer in elevator accidents. Here in Atlantic City, as in most major urban areas, people having to ride elevators as part of their day-to-day lives is commonplace, most notably at our many hotels and casinos. Therefore, locals as well as the flood of tourists our city hosts on an annual basis need to be aware of what to do if they or someone they love is injured in a casino elevator accident in New Jersey.
Tips for Guests Injured in a Casino Elevator Accident
Here are a few tips for what guests should do following a casino elevator accident:
- The first thing you should do is check to see if you or anyone else is injured and make sure injury victims receive immediate medical attention. Even if the injuries appear to be minor, have them checked out by a medical professional, because the severity of some injuries are not apparent immediately after the accident.
- If possible, you should take photos of your injuries and the accident scene.
- In addition, get the names and contact information for any other victims as well as any witnesses. You should also get the names and contact information of any employee who had knowledge of the dangerous conditions that led to the elevator malfunctioning.
- If a property owner, manager or security officer completes an incident report regarding your elevator accident, do not sign it. However, make sure to get a copy of it. Do not provide any statements to the property owners, managers, security officers or the business’s insurance provider.
- Speak to an experienced premises liability attorney as soon as possible following the incident. A lawyer will be able to analyze your situation, explain your legal rights, confirm whether you have a valid case and discuss your best options going forward.
Our next blog post will continue covering what to do if a casino is responsible for a person’s injury, tackling the subject of whether drunk driving accident victims can sue a casino bar for overserving the drunk driver alcohol.
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