7-Year-Old Child Injured In Bronx Accident After Falling Down Elevator Shaft At Apartment Building
BRONX, NEW YORK (April 27, 2022) – A 7-year-old boy was seriously injured in an accident after he fell down an elevator shaft at an apartment building on Grand Concourse.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. For some reason the child fell through the elevator shaft into the basement.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim. He was taken to the Harlem Hospital in critical condition.
Segundo Campoverde is the boy’s grandfather. He said that the child was able to escape from the apartment after a home aid went to the bathroom.
According to records from the Department of Buildings, the apartment has had 42 violations since 2015.
Liability In Bronx Elevator Accidents
Deaths and injuries involving elevators are far more common than many people realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Incidents involving elevators and escalators kill about 30 and seriously injure about 17,000 people each year in the United States, according to data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.” The vast majority of elevator accidents are preventable and due to lapses in safety. There are many steps that should be taken to prevent elevator accidents.
- Workers should not allow elevator shafts to be left open unless they are being worked on.
- When work needs to be performed on an elevator shaft, it should be properly sealed off.
- There should be warning signs in any construction zone where an elevator is being worked on.
Depending on the facts of any case, there could be numerous liable parties for any elevator shaft accident. All property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This must be done for the protection of all persons whose presence on a property can be reasonably foreseen. When a property is in a dangerous condition, the owner must take measures to correct the dangerous condition. If a property owner fails to correct a dangerous condition after being given actual or constructive notice of the condition, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.
A construction company could also be liable if a child is injured in an elevator fall accident. Construction companies must maintain their work sites in a safe condition. The fact of the matter is that elevator shaft falls are nearly always preventable. Construction sites should employ an elevator operator. They should also physically block off open elevator shafts from the public. There are a number of things that should be investigated after any elevator shaft accident.
- Maintenance records for the building should be examined.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
Any person that is injured in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Sadly, though, property owners and construction companies will often fight hard to deny any responsibility for an accident. A personal injury attorney can examine the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Bronx Elevator Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the child injured in this elevator shaft accident and their family. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to make this building safer for all of its residents.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in an elevator shaft accident? Our team of consumer safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.