Elevators are convenient machines that allow people to get from floor to floor in a building with ease. However, it is important to remember that they can also be very dangerous. This may be in the event that they are not made or maintained properly. When this happens, it is possible for an accident to happen that can cause severe injuries to those involved. If you were involved in an elevator accident, contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance with your case.
What are Common Types of Elevator Accidents?
An elevator consists of many different parts that must work cohesively in order for the machine to function properly. In the event that they do not, a malfunction can occur and cause an accident to occur. The following are a few different causes of elevator accidents that are commonly seen:
- 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, it can cause serious injuries that have the potential to impact a person for the rest of their life. In addition to this, these injuries often come with overwhelming financial burdens. It is because of this that those who are injured due to the negligence of another party can pursue legal action in order to recover compensation. In New Jersey, some injuries that may be compensable after an accident can include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Crush injuries
- Back injuries
- Head trauma
- Neck injuries
- Severed limbs
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
To recover compensation, Injured parties must first file a personal injury claim and prove negligence took place, thus directly causing their injuries. This can be done by gathering evidence that backs up the claim. Depending on the circumstances of the incident, it may call for a product liability or premises liability lawsuit. Evidence that can be useful in court can include 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.