Don’t Let An Elevator Accident Catch You By Surprise!
Maybe you were on your way to work, visiting a friend, seeing a show or simply getting into the elevator at your apartment or office building.
Maybe you or a loved one had no alternative way to get to another floor because of a closed stairway or a disability.
Maybe you or a loved one was working on a construction site and needed to use the elevator to get to the top floor.
Maybe it was simply for convenience and speed.
For whatever reason, each and every day we enter elevators in New York with one simple goal, to get to another floor as efficiently and more importantly as safely as possible.
At no time upon entering an elevator do we expect that it will malfunction, breakdown, stop, jerk, drop, mis level or even worse not actually be there when we enter. Whether it’s a greedy landlord who doesn’t care for his tenants, a careless elevator maintenance person, and a company who does a sub-par job or whether it’s because of cutting corners and neglecting safety, unfortunately, elevator accidents occur and occur a lot more frequently than some would ever imagine.
Elevator Accidents Aren’t Unheard Of:
Incidents involving elevators cause around 30 deaths, and seriously injure over 17,000 people each year in the United States, according to data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
What Do You Need?
You need a firm that is familiar with the different types of elevators that are present in the commercial and residential buildings of New York. You need a firm that is familiar with the area of law that surrounds elevators and elevator accidents. You need a firm that is familiar with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Section A.17 (ANSI / ASME A.17) that applies to elevators. You need an Elevator Accident Law Firm in NY that is familiar with the different types of causes and reasons for elevator malfunctions. YOU NEED TO CONSULT WITH THE LAW OFFICES OF DARREN T. MOORE P.C.
What Types Of Elevators Are There?
There are three main types of elevators:
- Traction Elevators are lifted by ropes that pass over a wheel attached to an electric motor above the elevator shaft.
- Hydraulic Elevators are supported by a piston, located at the bottom of the elevator that raises the elevator upwards, while an electric motor distributes oil or another type of hydraulic fluid into that piston.
- Machine-Room-Less Elevators are traction controlled elevators that don’t have a dedicated machine room located above the elevator shaft.
How Many Elevators Are There in NYC?
There are over 60,000 elevators in New York City. Odds are, if you work in a building, live in an apartment complex, or attend a school in New York City? You have or will use an elevator at some point in time!
Did You Know?
The Consumer Watch website notes that “passengers using elevators while not at work, such as in apartment buildings and stores, almost half of the deaths reported were due to falls in the elevator shaft, and the other half occurred as a result of being caught between the elevator and the shaft wall.”
Types of Elevator Accidents?
Most people are either injured and even killed in elevator accidents that are caused by some of the following types of incidents or situations:
- Interlock circuit bypass
- Struck by elevator door(s)
- Outer door open, no elevator inside
- Sudden or Extreme Acceleration
- Sudden or Extreme Deceleration
- Sudden stopping
- Car entrapment
- Unexpected Opening & Closing of Doors
- Elevator Falls
- Defective governors
- Defective hoist cable
- Electric Issues Resulting In An Elevator Fire
- Bad Wiring or Control Malfunction
- Safety device failure
Why The Law Offices of Darren T. Moore P.C.?
The Law Offices of Darren T. Moore P.C. is a firm that has handled elevator cases and is familiar with the different types of elevators and the many different types of elevator related accidents.
Importantly the Elevator Accident Lawyers at our Law Firm is familiar with the specific laws, rules, and regulations that apply, which may include:
- ANSI/ASME A.17
- New York City Department of Buildings
- New York City Administrative Code
- Multiple Dwelling Law
The firm is familiar with the different documents and information (known as “discovery”) that we must obtain in order to successfully litigate an elevator case. Examples of such discovery include:
- Load tests, dates and results;
- Acceptance Tests, dates and results;
- Two and Five year tests, dates and results;
- Local Law 1 Inspection Tests, dates and results;
- Repair records and logs;
- Schematics and plans of the subject elevator;
- All Electronically stored information “ESI” related to the elevator;
- Surveillance footage
- Elevator maintenance records
Our firm also retains the top elevator experts within the State of New York to conduct an inspection of the elevator and to give their expert opinions on what caused a person’s accident and their subsequent injuries.
WHAT types of compensation can I recover in a car accident?
Known as the damages portion of a case, it’s important that clients know what they are entitled to when they start a lawsuit for their injuries. In New York, you are entitled to claim for the following damages:
- Pain and Suffering – Physical and Emotional – both past and future
- Past and Future Medical Expenses which can include home health aide and care, medication expenses and the cost for any future treatment and surgery(ies)
- Past and Future Loss of Wages, Earnings and Benefits
Each item of damages needs to be dealt with separately and specifically and involves in many cases the hiring of experts in the medical and financial professions such as economists, life care planners, and vocational rehabilitation experts so as to calculate accurately how much money is needed to fully and adequately compensate an injured person not just presently but taking into account future factors such as inflation. Elevator Accident Attorneys at The Law Offices of Darren T. Moore enlist and work with the best experts in their fields to make sure that each client gets the representation that they not only need but deserve.
At The Law Office of Darren T. Moore, victims as well as their family members are well represented. Our experienced elevator accident attorneys work hard to determine the cause of the elevator accident and pursue the liable parties to win the best possible compensation.
WHAT IF AN INSURANCE COMPANY CONTACTS ME AFTER MY ACCIDENT?
You should very politely, but very sternly, direct them to speak with your personal injury attorney. They will understand, they know they are not really there for you.
If you have not yet retained a personal injury attorney, it is vital that you do not sign anything or give any recorded statements. Doing so can void your legal right to financial compensation.