Is It Safe to Ride Elevators in Old Buildings?

Posted on February 17, 2017 at 12:00pm by

Photo of sign blocking an elevatorA housing complex in New York’s Lower East Side serves as a prime example of how dangerous riding elevators in old buildings can be for residents, staff and visitors. Reportedly, maintenance problems, which have been plaguing the complex for years, have led to the residents of one of the facility’s three 26-story buildings being left without elevator service.

This comes on the heels of an elevator accident that took place in another of the apartment complex’s buildings last year that led to the death of a 25-year-old man. This begs the question, what are people supposed to do if they are hurt or someone they love is killed in an elevator accident?

What Can I Do If I Am Injured in an Elevator Accident?

Victims of elevator accidents and their families may be able to bring those responsible for the incident to justice if negligence was involved. If a person was injured because of improper warning or maintenance, then the victim may be able to pursue a premises liability claim against the facility, such as an apartment or office building, where the injury occurred.

For those who suffer elevator accident injuries because the elevator was defective or contained a defective part, they may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the company that built the elevator or manufactured the defective part that led to the accident.

Our personal injury law firm has a history of holding negligent property owners accountable for injuries that happened because of a defective elevator. Our attorneys secured a favorable Appellate Division decision for a client who was severely injured in a hotel elevator accident.

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