Elevator Accident

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Elevator Accident

In a city of high rises, we encounter elevators on a daily basis. Elevators require routine maintenance to operate properly as not to cause injury to riders in an elevator accident. New York City has specific requirements for maintaining an elevator including but not limited to strict inspection requirements, leveling and capacity requirements. Without proper maintenance and/or inspection riders can suffer traumatic injuries.

Elevator accidents can happen for a variety of reasons

  • Mis-leveling — When an elevator is mis-leveled it causes a height difference between the elevator and the floor landing causing a tripping hazard. This tripping hazard can cause injuries such as broken bones, lacerations, bruises and more. 
  • Door malfunctions — Improperly maintained elevators can cause the door to malfunction. This can cause a door to close on a rider causing severe injuries.
  • Open elevator shaft — An open elevator shaft can occur when an elevator does not properly ascend and descend leaving an open shaft. A rider entering the elevator can suffer horrible injuries including but not limited to death.
  • Failure to inspect — Elevators have strict inspection requirements to prevent malfunctions. Without proper inspections elevators can have various malfunctions that can result in serious personal injuries.

Who is responsible for maintaining an elevator?

  • Building owners
  • Maintenance companies
  • General contractors
  • Governmental agencies
  • Landlords

Contact an experienced personal injury attorney for advice regarding your legal options.

How long do I have to bring a claim?

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Claims against a private entity for personal injuries as a result of an elevator accident can be brought within 3 years of the date of the accident. That means that a lawsuit needs to be commenced no later than 3 years after the accident or you may be precluded from bringing a claim. If your accident involves the City and/or municipality it requires you to file a Notice of Claim within ninety (90) days and the lawsuit needs to be commenced within one (1) year and ninety (90) days. It’s important to consult an experienced attorney as soon as possible.


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