Elevator injuries and deaths have recently become a hot topic in New York, mainly because these types of accidents have been in the news too many times in the past year alone. The notion of a Tower-of-Terror plummet to the ground is enough to make anyone think twice about taking the stairs whenever possible.
Elevator accidents may not occur as often as car accidents or slip and fall accidents, but when they do happen they result in serious injuries and death. Moreover, these types of premises liability cases can be much more complicated than other types of accidents due to the number of parties involved. The blame generally continues in a circle as the property owners often point the finger at the maintenance contractors, who in turn point the finger at repair technicians, who then point their fingers at elevators manufacturers, who then turn the blame again to the property owners.
Nevertheless, the important thing to remember after an elevator accident is that you are the victim and you deserve compensation – regardless of where the finger is pointing.
Types of Elevator Accidents
There are several types of elevator accidents. According to the data collected by the Center for Construction Research and Training and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the leading types of elevator accidents include:
- Falls (responsible for approximately 49 percent of all elevator accident fatalities)
- Caught in between (responsible for approximately 21 percent of all fatalities)
- Struck by (responsible for approximately 15 percent of all fatalities)
- Collapse (responsible for approximately 9 percent of all fatalities)
- Electrocutions, explosions, and falling debris (responsible for approximately 6 percent of all fatalities)
The majority of individuals injured in elevator accidents include:
- Elevator repair technicians
- Construction supervisors
- Maintenance workers
Common Injuries Suffered By Elevator Accident Victims
Elevator accidents often result in serious injuries, such as:
- Crushed fingers and hands
- Head injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries
- Broken limbs
- Cuts, scrapes and abrasions
If you have been injured in an elevator accident, you should immediately consult with an experienced New York elevator accident attorney to help you obtain compensation for your past and future medical bills, loss of wages, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional and mental trauma, and any other out of pocket losses you may have incurred.
Call an Elevator Accident Attorney Today!
When you are injured in an elevator accident that results in a serious injury, you need to hire an experienced attorney to protect your legal rights. The NY elevator accident attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. have more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to aggressively fight for your rights and get you the full extent of monetary compensation that you deserve.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York elevator accident attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.