We use elevators often. In fact, almost any multi-story building has one. Because they are such a staple of our everyday lives, we don’t often consider the dangers. Elevators are made of many intricate parts that must all be in working order. If a manufacturer creates a product negligently, a serious accident can occur. On the other hand, if a property owner does not routinely inspect and maintain the elevator, this can cause an injury as well. Read on to learn more about elevator accidents in New Jersey and what to do if you are injured due to another party’s negligence.
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
What Do I Do if I Have Been Injured?
If you have been injured, it is important to take the following steps:
- Call 911: The police can call an ambulance, file an accident report, conduct witness statements, and more.
- Document the scene: Be sure to take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. If possible, document the hazardous conditions that caused the accident to occur.
- Obtain witness contacts: If anyone else was in the elevator, or at the scene of the accident, ask for their contact information. They may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Seek medical attention: One of the most important things you can do is visit the hospital immediately after an accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Be sure to ask for a copy of any relevant medical bills/documents.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney: An attorney may be able to gather evidence you would not otherwise be able to access. For example, an experienced attorney may be able to obtain security camera footage, police reports, and more.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an elevator accident in New Jersey, contact our firm today to discuss your case.
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.