When people use elevators, they usually trust the machines will be safe. Usually, this is the case and there are no problems. However, there are cases in which the large machine can become defective due to the negligence of another party. This may be the case if it is not properly made or taken care of overtime. When this happens, it can lead to serious accidents and injuries. It is because of this that injured parties can pursue legal action to recover compensation for damages due to the incident. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for help with your case.
What are Common Types of Elevator Accidents?
There are many different ways that an elevator accident can happen. Common causes of accidents can include:
- Electrocutions due to faulty wiring
- Tripping due to uneven or unbalanced leveling with the floor
- Falling down the elevator shafts
- Getting caught in between malfunctioning doors
- Being whipped around due to excessive elevator speed
- Elevator fires
Can I Recover Compensation?
When an elevator accident happens, those who use it can sustain significant injuries. This can include cuts and bruises, crush injuries, back/neck injuries, head trauma, severed limbs, broken bones, and even wrongful death. It is because of this that they can pursue legal action to recover compensation for this suffering. When filing a personal injury claim, they are required to identify the negligent party. This party can vary depending on the circumstances of the case. It may be a premises liability case if the property owner is negligent, or a product liability case if the elevator manufacturer is negligent.
In order to successfully recover compensation in a personal injury case, the injured party is required to prove this party’s negligence was the direct cause of their injuries. This can be done with evidence such as security camera footage, witness statements, police reports, pictures of the safety hazard, medical documentation of the injuries you sustained, and more.
Contact our Firm
Our firm understands how serious criminal and personal injury cases are. We are prepared to guide you towards a favorable outcome because we believe false accusations or preventable injuries should never cause a person harm. This is why those who require experienced legal counsel in New Jersey should do themselves a favor and contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze today for any criminal and personal injury matters.