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Elevator Accidents

Brooklyn Elevator Accident LawyerAlthough elevators are relatively safe, accidents and injuries do occur. If you have been hurt in an elevator accident, contact the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers as soon as possible. You can reach out to us at (718) 802-1600.

We can handle every aspect of your personal injury claim for compensation while you focus on your recovery.

Why Choose Our Firm?

  • Our founding partner, Attorney Jay S. Knispel, has extensive trial experience. He will not hesitate to take your case to court if it means recovering the compensation you deserve.
  • We have more than two decades of experience representing injured people in elevator accident claims and other personal injury matters.
  • We don’t charge you a fee unless we win – all our cases are handled on a contingency fee basis.

Elevator Statistics

As reported in a Consumer Watch article:

  • An estimated 900,000 elevators are operating in the U.S.
  • Each elevator serves an average of 20,000 people per year.
  • S. elevators make 18 billion passenger trips collectively every year.
  • Each elevator averages approximately five people per trip.
  • Most elevators are located in properties with an average rise of 40 feet.
  • Approximately 27 elevator accident deaths occur per year.

Causes of Elevator Accidents in Brooklyn, NY

Elevator malfunction and defects can cause accidents and injuries. Common causes of elevator accidents include:

  • Faulty wiring, resulting in malfunction of elevator control or the risk of electrocution
  • Pulley system malfunction, mechanical breakdown, or other defects causing the elevator to drop rapidly within the shaft
  • Unbalanced leveling and elevator failure to line up properly with the floor
  • Malfunction or entrapment of wiring caused by heat from fire or water from emergency hoses and sprinklers
  • Open shaft, or risk of falling due to faulty doors or other elevator failures to protect passengers from entry
  • An elevator that stops suddenly or gets stuck between floors
  • Malfunctioning doors that close on embarking or debarking passengers

Who Is Liable?

Determining liability in an elevator accident may be complicated or clear cut, depending on the circumstances. Potentially liable parties may include:

  • Owner of the building where the elevator is located
  • The company responsible for elevator maintenance
  • Designers
  • Manufacturers
  • Installation companies
  • Attendants responsible for operating elevators

Proving Negligence

Many elevator accidents occur because of negligence. In such cases, the negligent party may be held liable for your accident and injuries. You will need to prove that:

  • The negligent party owed you a duty of care
  • The party breached that duty of care
  • The breach of duty caused your injuries

Why You Need an Attorney

Elevators are complicated machines, not subject to federal inspections or recalls. Depending on the circumstances surrounding an elevator accident, there may be multiple potentially liable parties.

Testimony of professionals, such as mechanical engineers, may be needed to prove liability in your case.

Our personal injury lawyers in Brooklyn, NY have the knowledge, skills, and resources to:

  • Thoroughly investigate your elevator accident
  • Obtain and preserve evidence
  • Determine fault and liability
  • Negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf
  • Fight for the compensation you deserve in court, if necessary

Connect with our Premises Liability Law Firm in Brooklyn

Although they may be uncommon, elevator accidents can cause serious or fatal injuries when they occur.

If you have been hurt in an elevator accident, contact The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers right away to schedule a consultation.

We can determine who is liable for your injuries and aggressively pursue full and fair compensation for your losses.

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New York City Office 

450 7th Ave Suite 1605
New York, NY 10123
(212) 564 2800

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Brooklyn Office 

26 Court St., Suite 2511
Brooklyn, NY 11242
(718) 802-1600

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