With so many people using elevators to enter and leave their office or to get in and out of their apartments, it’s essential that elevators are inspected regularly. Escalators are pretty common inside department stores or local malls. Between escalators and elevators in the state, New York residents are likely to ride on one or the other at some point during the week.
Although there are local laws that govern the inspection and maintenance of elevators around the state, some building owners do not have the money to have the elevators and escalators maintained or repaired as necessary to continue safe operation. Unfortunately, they don’t always understand or care that they need to have the elevator serviced, maintained and repaired regularly. Some building owners use an on-site elevator company that will inspect and maintain the elevators, but they don’t always do their jobs correctly.
Types of Elevator Accidents
- Malfunctioning elevator door
- Mechanical breakdown
- Carriage doesn’t align with the floor
- Improperly designed
- Stuck between floors
- Speeds up without warning
- Defective electronic eyes
- Stops suddenly
Common Escalator Accidents
- Sudden stops or starting suddenly
- Missing parts
- Entrapment on the end plate
- Caught on moving parts
Any accidents on an elevator or escalator can result in serious injury like broken bones, cuts, brain injuries or electrocution. In some accidents, there could be a loss of limbs or permanent injury to the spinal cord.
Establishing Liability in an Escalator or Elevator Accident
While it seems likely that the building owner would be responsible, that might not always be the case. The property owner might not be the one responsible for the maintenance of the equipment. In some instances, the person liable for your injuries might be a fellow passenger or a maintenance worker. The state inspector could be liable if the person didn’t inspect the equipment properly. A lawyer who specializes in these kinds of accidents will know how to find the guilty party.
A Lawyer’s Help After an Accident
After an accident, you will be consumed with your recovery. The lawyer you hire will be consumed with finding the person responsible for your injuries. The lawyer’s office will be reviewing available security or surveillance footage, accident reports from first responders and safety as well as security logs. They will check inspection and repair records to find out the story behind the accident and the origin of the faulty equipment. The lawyer will deal with the insurance company, review bills and service reports for any repairs or maintenance that was performed in the years prior to the accident too. The lawyer will review contracts, installation and repair records for the elevator or escalator that caused the accident.
Compensation for Your Injuries
It’s likely that there was a mistake or some negligence that took place prior to your accident. There’s no reason that you should have to pay for your own medical bills or miss pay from work while you recover if someone else was responsible. A lawyer experienced with these kinds of accidents as well as the resulting injuries will be able to tell you if you have a case.
It’s important that you contact an attorney as soon as you’re able to, so he can look into your case. As mentioned previously, your lawyer will have many records to review to find the guilty party.