Elevators are in apartment and commercial buildings all over New Jersey, which is part of the reason why most people do not think twice about them. However, elevators pose several potential safety risks, and if you are involved in an elevator accident, you will most likely sustain severe injuries. Additionally, since these accidents often happen in a flash and passengers have nothing to restrain or protect them from harm, elevator accidents are very often traumatic events. If you have been injured in an elevator accident, you are most likely looking to recover financial compensation to help with the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages and more. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most frequent causes of elevator accidents?
Elevators are composed of many different parts, and when they are not properly manufactured or maintained, accidents happen as a result. Some of the most common causes of elevator accidents are as follows:
- Power failures
- Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
- Pully system malfunction
- Negligent elevator design
- Door operator errors
- Mechanical breakdown
- Control system malfunction
- Drive malfunction
- Improper installations
- Faulty wiring
- Abrupt stops
What injuries have recovered compensation in the past?
Some elevator accident injuries that have recovered financial compensation in the past are as follows:
- Crush injuries
- Back injuries
- Head trauma
- Severed limbs
- Cuts and bruises
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
How do I know if I am eligible for compensation following an elevator accident?
To recover financial compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. Your attorney will first determine whether you have a product liability lawsuit or a premises liability lawsuit. From there, you and your attorney will work together to present the most convincing case possible to help you win your claim.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prove another party’s negligence. For example, you may wish to recover security camera footage of your accident as it happened. You should also seek medical attention immediately following your accident, as a physician will treat your injuries accordingly and provide you with medical documentation that you may use to prove your claim. You should never be afraid to ask witnesses for their contact information because witness statements can be a deciding factor in your case. Do not let the insurance companies win. Hire an experienced attorney today who is willing to fight for your rights.
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If you have been seriously injured in New Jersey by the negligence of another party, 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.