NYC Escalator and Elevator Accidents
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Many New Yorkers use elevators and escalators every day. But many people might not realize just how dangerous these devices can be in certain circumstances. Every year, people sustain serious injuries or worse as a result of an escalator or elevator accident.
These accidents often occur on old and poorly maintained elevators and escalators. In many cases, injury victims can take legal action against the property owner or the company responsible for maintaining or manufacturing such devices. In such circumstances, injury victims can pursue third-party claims against these businesses.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an escalator or elevator accident in New York City, contact Giampa Law. Our elevator accident attorneys handle such accidents in the Bronx and throughout New York City - and we have the case results to prove it. In case after case, we consistently secure sizable settlements and verdicts for people injured in all different types of construction accidents. That's why we're eager to meet with you.
"Who's responsible for compensating me?"
Liability (that is, who is responsible for compensation you for your accident) depends on many factors and often must be based on very specific facts. If legal liability can be established, you could be entitled to damages (financial compensation) for the injuries you sustained in your elevator or escalator accident.
Be aware that New York has created specific local laws which govern the installation and maintenance of elevators. Many times these laws are not followed, leading to accidents that can cause serious injuries.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury or death as a result of an elevator or escalator in New York City, it's important to understand your legal rights to recover compensation from a third party. We can walk you through all the options available to you. Simply schedule a free case evaluation with our Bronx law firm today. We handle cases throughout the New York City area.
Most often elevator accidents are caused by negligent maintenance and installation. Older elevators create a higher risk of malfunction and need regular maintenance and repair. Newer hydraulic elevators also need to be maintained and serviced on a regular basis to prevent malfunctions and accidents. If you are injured, it is important to speak with a lawyer who is educated in both the law that regulates elevator maintenance and the mechanics of how an elevator works.
Many times, residential and commercial buildings in New York have service contracts with an elevator maintenance company who are contracted to make service calls and perform routine maintenance and inspections. Depending on the size of the building, the elevator service company may have a worker on site in the building at all times. Failure to provide appropriate maintenance, servicing, inspections and/or repairs on an elevator is often the cause of many elevator accidents. Even if a building does not have a service contract with an elevator maintenance company, the owner of the building is still responsible for inspecting, maintaining and servicing their elevator.
Escalator accidents often occur in train stations, malls, department stores and building lobbies throughout New York City. Like elevators, the majority of escalator accidents occur due to improper servicing and/or repairs.
New York and other governing bodies have established laws and guidelines which apply to the maintenance, installation and inspection of elevators. In order to prevent children from injuring themselves on an escalator, special laws were enacted to protect them.
Giampa Law thoroughly understands these laws and vigorously advocates on behalf of injury victims and their families. Our goal is to help injury victims and their families to obtain a full value recovery for the bodily harm or death caused by an escalator accident. Find out how we can help you. Contact our law firm today.