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New York City Elevator Accident Attorney

Construction workers, employees, and elevator passengers can suffer severe, even fatal, injuries in an elevator accident. Causes of elevator accidents can range from faulty construction to poor maintenance. The factual and legal basis for obtaining recovery varies.

However, the elevator accident attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., can handle these personal injury lawsuits and insurance claims. Whether you are seeking workers’ compensation support or a premises liability claim, our firm will investigate the factors that caused your accident.

Why Choose Our Firm?

When you suffer from severe injuries or an accidental death in the family, you should seek legal representation. When filing an insurance claim or lawsuit, you may receive compensatory damages for medical bills, lost wages, and more. A personal injury attorney can help you identify and obtain these damages.

The attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., are proud to serve clients in all areas of personal injury law in New York City and New Jersey. Our firm handles cases involving personal injury and wrongful death, including elevator  injuries and fatalities.

Why do elevator accident victims choose our  firm?

  • Over the past 10 years, our attorneys recovered over $2 billion in settlements for our clients.
  • Our attorneys have a wide range of expertise handling personal injury cases, representing individual clients and large organizations.
  • Our firm offers all our cases on a contingency fee basis – unless you receive a settlement, we will not charge you any legal fees.

New York Elevator Accident Statistics

Many building owners properly maintain elevators and order regular inspections. However, negligent property owners, faulty construction, and poor upkeep can lead to life-threatening accidents. According to a 2009 report by the New York Times, many elevator accidents occur in public housing projects, disproportionately harming low-income individuals.

According to the Times, the New York City Housing Authority revealed harrowing statistics regarding elevator accidents in the city.

  • Between 2001 and 2009, 300 residents in NYC public housing suffered from elevator-related injuries.
  • Of the 300 residents, 170 had to visit a hospital to treat injuries.
  • The NYC Housing Authority paid $3.5 million in settlements to people injured by elevators between 2001 and  2007.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly six people die in elevator accidents every year. Thousands more receive serious injuries.

New York Personal Injury Laws

In the state of New York, you have two  options for seeking damages for an elevator accident.

  • You can file an insurance claim with your employer, your personal insurance, or the insurance company of the at-fault party.
  • You can file a personal injury lawsuit in a civil court.

You have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim. Your attorney will recommend a legal course of action. If you suffered from severe injuries, for example, an insurance company’s policy limits might not cover your expenses.

In these cases, You may want to file a personal injury lawsuit to receive greater potential compensation: If you have medical expenses and hospitalization costs.

  • If you lost income due to your  injury.
  • If you did or are experiencing pain and suffering. If you are hoping for punitive damages.
  • If you suffered a permanent disability.

Determining Liability

To award settlements in personal injury lawsuits, the court will need to determine who is liable for an accident. Elevator accidents can involve multiple parties and factors.

In the state of New York, property owners are liable for elevator-related injuries. Depending on the state of the elevator and the cause of the accident, you can involve the manufacturer and servicing company as well. These cases become more complicated if an elevator accident injures you on the job.

An elevator accident attorney from Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., can determine who is responsible for your accident by conducting interviews, reviewing security camera footage, and reviewing your employer’s insurance policies.

Contact Our Lawyers Today

To speak with a New York or New Jersey elevator accident attorney, contact us today. We offer free consultations at our offices in New York City. If you cannot travel due to injury, we will gladly visit you at your home or hospital room.