Elevator & Escalator Accident Lawyers in New York
Millions Recovered for Clients in New York & New Jersey
Every year, thousands of people are injured in elevator and escalator accidents in the United States. In New York City, where more than 60,000 elevators transport people to and from their offices, businesses, hotel rooms, and apartments, elevator safety is particularly important. Unfortunately, many elevators and escalators are not safe, posing a serious threat to the well-being of the people who depend on them every day.
If you or someone you love was injured in an elevator or escalator accident in New York or New Jersey, turn to the experienced and award-winning legal team at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC. With decades of collective experience, our New York elevator and escalator accident lawyers understand the devastating nature of your injuries and the many challenges you face. We are prepared to fight for the full, fair recovery you are owed.
Common Causes of Elevator Accidents
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10,200 people are injured and 27 people are killed in elevator accidents each year. Half of these accidents involve maintenance or repair workers, and old, poorly maintained elevators are often the cause of the accidents.
Some of the most common causes of elevator accidents include:
- Door malfunctions
- Abrupt stopping
- Cables snapping
- Brakes not working due to poor elevator maintenance
These and other malfunctions can lead to serious injuries. The same is true when escalators break down or malfunction—victims often suffer catastrophic or even fatal injuries.
What to Do If You Are Stuck in a Malfunctioning Elevator
If you find yourself in a malfunctioning elevator, try to remember to stay calm. Press the emergency button and tell the rescue personnel where the elevator is located. Do not try to open an elevator door that is stuck manually or with a tool. Keep in mind that in the case of an accident, the courts could hold you responsible for your own injuries if you interfered with the operation of the elevator.
What to Do After the Accident
If you or a family member is the victim of an elevator or escalator accident in New York or New Jersey, you should contact the experienced attorneys at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC to schedule a free consultation. We know how elevators and escalators should be maintained and have been representing victims of premises liability and elevator and escalator accidents for decades.
At Simonson Goodman Platzer PC, we put our decades of legal experience to work on behalf of our clients. We develop persuasive, personalized cases to help maximize recoveries for those injured in elevator or escalator accidents and will work tirelessly in our efforts to help you receive the full financial compensation you deserve. Get in touch with our New York elevator and escalator accident attorneys today to learn how we can help you get back on your feet.