What can happen if an elevator mis-levels or malfunctions?
If an elevator malfunctions the results can be catastrophic. In NYC incidents involving victims falling down elevator shafts, being crushed by elevators, elevators plunging to basements after cables broke and passengers were trapped have made headlines in recent years. Elevator mis-levelings also can cause fractures and other serious injuries when people trip and fall exiting elevators that they expect to have leveled correctly.
Who is responsible for elevator injuries?
The building owner, the managing agent and the elevator service agency are all responsible for elevator safety.
Who should one contact in the event of a serious elevator mishap?
The police should be contacted to conduct an investigation, and a lawyer who can seek pre action discovery to preserve evidence and prevent the destruction of evidence should be contacted immediately.
It is important that you contact an attorney quickly so that any video evidence from the accident can be preserved. Many surveillance videos are automatically erased after a few days, so retaining an attorney who can serve the proper demands and notifications to the building while the evidence is still available is imperative.
It is also important to seek immediate legal assistance so that an investigation can be performed before the condition of the elevator changes and while repair and maintenance records are still available.
For more than 50 years, the law offices of Bonina & Bonina, P.C. has represented clients who have been injured in elevator accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in an elevator accident, call toll free at1-888-MEDLAW1 for a free consultation so we can explain your options, and help you decide what actions you should take.