Elevators are everywhere in New Jersey. This is a rather obvious fact, and most people probably never even consider it. Generally, elevators are nothing more than something you get on and off of. However, if you have been injured in an elevator accident, there’s a good chance it’s the only thing on your mind. Elevator accidents often happen abruptly and harshly, providing victims with very little time to react. If you were injured in an elevator accident, you are most likely seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. Here are some of the questions you may have about the path going forward:
What are the most frequent causes of elevator accidents?
Elevator accidents can be caused by any number of factors, including, though certainly not limited to:
- Drive malfunction
- Improper installations
- Power failures
- Pully system malfunction
- Negligent elevator design
- Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
- Faulty wiring
- Abrupt stops
- Door operator errors
- Mechanical breakdown
- Control system malfunction
What are the most common injuries sustained in elevator accidents?
Several injuries have recovered financial compensation in the past. Some of the most common–and most gruesome–elevator injuries are as follows:
- Back injuries
- Head trauma
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
- Severed limbs
- Cuts and bruises
- Crush injuries
How do I recover compensation following a New Jersey elevator accident?
To recover the financial compensation you need, you will first have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. Following an elevator accident, you may be looking at either a premises or a product liability lawsuit. An experienced attorney will make the appropriate determination and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
How do I prove another party’s negligence?
To prove you were injured due to another party’s negligence, your attorney will help you recover evidence including, though not limited to security camera footage, medical documents, pictures of the hazard that caused your injuries, police reports, witness statements, and more. Also, you should keep in mind that when you file a claim, the insurance companies may be monitoring your social media posts to see if anything potentially disproves your claim. If you post something that even remotely contradicts your claim, they may use it to deny you of the compensation you truly deserve. Do yourself a favor and contact an experienced attorney who is ready and willing to fight in your corner.
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Our firm understands how serious criminal and personal injury cases are. We are prepared to guide you towards a favorable outcome. If you require experienced legal counsel in New Jersey, please contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze today for any criminal and personal injury matters.