Brooklyn Elevator Accident Lawyers
Dedicated, Aggressive Premises Liability Attorneys in Brooklyn working with Elevator Accident Victims
Without elevators, it would be almost impossible to live and work in Brooklyn. Many of our buildings are so tall that no person can climb the stairs all the way to the top. Elevators are everywhere in our borough, and for good reason.
Nevertheless, the presence of elevators also means that elevator injuries are a fact of life. These accidents can be terrifying, and many people rightly fear being injured in an elevator mishap. If you have been injured, give Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman a call. Our Brooklyn elevator accident lawyers have decades of experience representing injured victims like you.
Elevator Accidents: Scary and Life-Changing
Some of the more terrifying elevator accidents include:
- Abrupt stops. A malfunctioning control system can cause elevators to stop abruptly. People standing in the elevator can fall to the floor or against each other, especially if they are not holding onto railing.
- Falls down an elevator shaft. Decades ago, the television show LA Law killed off a character by having her fall into an elevator shaft, but these accidents are more than fictional. An elevator’s doors are not supposed to open unless the elevator is aligned with the floor it is stopping on. Sometimes, however, the doors will open when the elevator is stuck on a floor up above. An unsuspecting person can step into the empty shaft and fall to the ground.
- Door injuries. The doors have sensors that keep them from closing on a person when a body part is in the door space. However, malfunctioning sensors can cause the doors to crush a person. If the elevator then rises or falls, the person can be crushed to death.
- Misleveling. The elevator might not be aligned with the floor when the doors open, in which case a person can trip and suffer an injury when they fall into or out of the elevator.
Our Brooklyn elevator accident attorneys kick off a case by reviewing all relevant facts to identify who is to blame for the accident. Sometimes, the answer is not immediately clear, in which case our team can request additional information.
Often, the owner or operator of the elevator is liable for the accident. This entity could have refused to make necessary repairs or not have had the elevator inspected. When the owner/operator knows that something is wrong, they have a duty to fix the elevator or put it out of service.
Other entities might also be liable. For example, the elevator could have been defectively manufactured or designed. In this case, the entity that made and sold the elevator might legally be on the hook for paying compensation to victims.
Contact a Brooklyn Elevator Accident Lawyer Today
Few law firms in Brooklyn can match the experience of Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman. We have brought claims against many entities for elevator accidents, and we are eager to help our clients secure the compensation they need to cover their expenses.
To schedule a free consultation, please call us today at 212-285-3300 or fill out our contact form.