People usually do not think about being injured when they step onto an elevator. However, elevator accidents are more common than most people realize. These accidents are often devastating and cause severe injuries as a result. It is because of this that legal action can be pursued to recover compensation for the damages incurred. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for guidance handling these matters.
What are Common Types of Elevator Accidents?
Elevators have various parts inside of them that must work properly in order for the machine to function. In the event that any part is faulty or malfunctions, it can cause an accident to happen. The following are different ways an elevator accident may be caused:
- Electrocutions due to faulty wiring
- Tripping due to uneven or unbalanced leveling with the floor
- Falling down the elevator shafts
- Getting caught in between malfunctioning doors
- Being whipped around due to excessive elevator speed
- Elevator fires
Can I Recover Compensation?
When an elevator accident happens, it can cause serious injuries to the individuals that are involved. In some cases, these can impact a person for the rest of their life. Compensation may be recovered for the following injuries:
- Cuts and bruises
- Crush injuries
- Back injuries
- Head trauma
- Neck injuries
- Severed limbs
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
In order to recover compensation, the injured party must first file a personal injury claim. To be successful in their lawsuit, the individual is required to prove that negligence took place, thus directly causing the accident and the injuries sustained. This can be done by gathering the proper evidence with the help of an attorney. Depending on the circumstances of the incident, a property owner could be at fault for premises liability or a manufacturer could be at fault for product liability. Helpful evidence for the case can include security camera footage, witness statements, police reports, pictures of the safety hazard, medical documentation of the injuries you sustained, and more.
Contact our Firm
We understand the implications of a serious accident. If you believe you were injured due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced firm. We are more than willing to help you recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Our personal injury specialists at Greenberg & Walden, LLC are standing by for a free initial consultation. Call us at 201-528-6928.