Five People Injured In Elevator Accident During New Year’s Eve Party After Elevator Falls Three Stories Into the Manhattan Building’s Basement
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (January 1, 2018) – Five people attending a New Year’s Eve party at a Turtle Bay brownstone were injured in an accident after an elevator collapsed and fell from the third floor to the basement.
Manhattan police are saying that the elevator accident took place around 3:00 a.m. in a four story home located on E. 49th St. near Second Avenue.
At least five people were injured after the elevator they walked into fell 20 to 30 feet to the basement of the building.
A 26-year-old man sustained a broken leg. A 45-year-old woman and a 54-year-old man were treated for broken ankles. Two men also sustained serious gash wounds to their head.
Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene of the elevator accident at the Turtle Bay Brownstone in order to treat the New Year’s Eve party attendants for their injuries.
They were taken to the Bellevue Hospital and Weill-Cornell Medical Center. Authorities are saying that the Turtle Bay Brownstone building where the elevator accident took place was rented for nearly $20,000 in September.
LIABILITY IN ELEVATOR ACCIDENTS
A property owner has a responsibility to maintain a reasonably safe environment for the guests that come to visit. When a property owner fails to take reasonable actions and guests are injured by a dangerous condition on their property, the owner may be liable. In addition to potential negligence on the part of a building’s owners, there may be defects with an elevators (1) design, (2) installation, (3) manufacturing or (4) maintenance which may contribute to an accident. For example, electrical issues have been known to cause an elevator to become stuck or go into free fall. Likewise, when cables or safety devices on an elevator fail this may lead the elevator to fall suddenly. Any person that is injured in an elevator collapse may be entitled to damages including lost wages as well as past and future medical expenses.
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply concerned to learn about the tragic elevator collapse that injured five people at a New Year’s Eve party at a Turtle Bay brownstone in Manhattan. We extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those that have been injured. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of those that have been affected.
If you or someone that you love has been injured in an elevator accident, then you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced Manhattan elevator accident attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney, you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.