Though many people go their entire lives without ever being involved in an elevator accident, the truth is, they happen nearly every day throughout the United States. If you are someone who has been injured in an accident, you must reach out to our New Jersey elevator accident attorneys as soon as you can. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What can cause an elevator accident?
Elevators, as you may know, are composed of hundreds of parts, which means that any number of things can go wrong and cause a serious accident. Some of the most common causes of elevator accidents include power failures, mechanical breakdowns, negligent designs, driver malfunctions, defective wiring, negligent installations, and more.
How do I know if I am eligible for compensation after an accident?
To qualify for financial compensation, you will have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, elevator accidents are oftentimes more difficult to win, as you will have to determine the party responsible for your injuries. That is why you must hire an experienced attorney. An attorney will first determine the liable party–generally, you will either file a premises liability lawsuit, or a product liability lawsuit.
Premises liability lawsuits are won when you can prove a negligent landlord or property owner knew, or should have known about the safety hazard and failed to fix or repair it within a reasonable amount of time. On the other hand, your attorney may file a product liability lawsuit if he or she proves that your accident was caused by negligent product design or manufacturing. To prove a personal injury claim, your attorney will work to uncover pictures or videos of the accident, police reports, medical documents, witness statements, and more to prove your personal injury claim.
How long do I have to sue a negligent party after an elevator accident?
In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years, which means you are granted two years from the date of your accident to take legal action against a negligent party. If you wait past the two-year mark, you will most likely be denied the compensation you deserve. Don’t let this happen; simply reach out to our knowledgeable firm today, and let us put our years of experience to work for you.
Contact our experienced New Jersey 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.