Elevators are a large part of our everyday lives. In fact, you likely use elevators more than you realize. You may ride in an elevator in a school, apartment building, doctor’s office, your place of work, and more. Since we utilize elevators so often, it is important to know what to do in the event that an accident occurs. Luckily, elevator accidents are not very common, but they can have life-altering results. Read on to learn more about elevator accidents in New Jersey.
What are Common Types of Elevator Accidents?
Elevators are large and heavy pieces of machinery that have many working parts. In order for the elevator to function properly, these parts must work cohesively. In the event that a part malfunctions and does not work the way it is supposed to, it can cause a serious accident. Additionally, if a landlord fails to keep an elevator maintained, issues can go unnoticed, leading to accidents. Common types of elevator accidents can include:
- 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 for my Injuries?
Elevator accidents can cause injuries that have the potential to impact a person for the rest of their life. Common injuries that stem from elevator accidents can include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Crush injuries
- Back injuries
- Head trauma
- Neck injuries
- Severed limbs
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred. In order to do so, it is important to call 911. The police can call an ambulance and file an accident report. Additionally, you should obtain the contact information of anyone who witnessed your accident occur. One of the most important things you can do is take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to visit the hospital immediately after an injury occurs. This will ensure that your injures are treated by a medical professional, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
If you have been injured in an elevator accident in New Jersey, you will need to retain the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Our firm is here to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Contact our Firm
We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.