While an elevator can be an indispensable mechanism in a building, it can also be a serious danger when involved in an accident, especially when the elevator is not properly permitted or maintained. This was the case of the death of a 43-year-old discount worker who was crushed to death by a freight elevator on July 23th in a freak accident in upper Manhattan.
Although not all elevator-related deaths can be prevented, most can be if elevator maintenance companies and building owners do not cut costs that invite dangerous conditions to exist.
The unidentified victim was in the basement loading merchandise into the elevator at La Reguera Dominican on W. 182nd Street in Washington Heights, when the elevator started to ascend. It suddenly lurched upward and pinned the worker to the ceiling, police and witnesses said. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at approximately 5:45 p.m. The police withheld the identity of the victim until his family could be identified.
Negligence In Elevator Accidents
The owner or manager of buildings are required to keep the structure’s elevators up to proper safety code and to make sure that it is properly inspected. When this is not done, they could be sued for negligence.
Similarly, elevator maintenance companies can also be held liable and sued for elevators that are not properly maintained or flawed, whether from the start or due to poor repairs.
Elevator Accidents: The Need For Experienced Legal Help
Individuals who are injured in an elevator accident often suffer serious physical and financial consequences. Unfortunately, most of these accidents are fatal. If you or a loved one has been injured in an elevator accident or you lost a loved one in such an accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. In order to ensure that you get the full extent of the money damages that you deserve, you need to consult with an experienced attorney.
Call an Experienced Elevator Accident Attorney in New York
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an elevator accident, the experienced New York elevator accident attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. will fight for your rights and help you get the full extent of the compensation that you deserve. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please call us at 1-800-529-9997.