Dedicated Personal Injury Attorney Helping Victims of New Jersey Elevator Accidents
Elevators are complex pieces of machinery that perform a very important task for a building’s occupants. In order to function safely, elevators require expert maintenance on a regular basis to continue operating properly. If elevators aren’t subjected to regular inspection and maintenance, the lives of that building’s visitors and tenants may be put at risk.
Injuries from elevator accidents can be serious or even fatal. If you’ve been hurt in a New Jersey elevator accident, it is critical that you find experienced legal help to file a claim on your behalf. New Jersey personal injury lawyer Andrew R. Jacobs has been fighting for accident victims for decades, and he is ready to fight on your behalf for damages after an elevator accident. Contact Andrew R. Jacobs for a no-cost consultation after an accident.
Elevator accidents fall under premises liability
Like other injuries received when you’re a guest or customer on another person’s property, claims based on elevator accidents fall under the category of premises liability lawsuits. In order to succeed on a premises liability claim, the injured victim must show that the owner of the building or business located in the building knew or should have known that there was a dangerous condition in the building. The plaintiff must also have been injured by the hazard. Under these circumstances, building or business owners could be liable to accident victims for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical care
- Lost wages past and future
- Loss of quality of life
- Therapy for emotional trauma
- Compensation for wrongful death
Manufacturers, installers, or maintenance companies could be responsible for elevator accidents
Some elevator accidents happen after weeks or months or even years of neglect by building owners or property managers, but others may be inherent in the elevator itself. If an elevator’s design or manufacture is defective, then the manufacturer, distributor, or installer may be held liable for any resulting injuries. Additionally, if a building owner hired a company to perform maintenance, but that company failed to uphold its legal duty to provide careful, competent service on the elevator, that maintenance company may bear liability to subsequent accident victims.
Elevator accidents can stem from many causes, including:
- Lurches or falls resulting in sprains, strains, or broken bones
- Erratic elevator movement causing emotional trauma in riders
- Mis-leveling, resulting in the elevator being caught between floors and causing trip-and-fall accidents
- Plummeting elevators
- Elevator doors opening to an empty shaft
- Doors closing on elevator passengers and causing crush injuries
Get the Care and Compensation You Need after a Serious New Jersey Elevator Accident
After a New Jersey elevator accident, get the legal advice you need to seek damages for your injuries by contacting the knowledgeable and seasoned personal injury attorney Andrew R. Jacobs for a consultation, at 973-532-9681.