How do I Recover Compensation After an Elevator Accident in New Jersey?

There are many people who use elevators almost daily in New Jersey. If an elevator is not in proper condition, it can cause dangerous accidents to take place. This may be the case if it is not made correctly or maintained the way it needs to be. This can cause severe accidents to take place, thus leading to serious injuries. Those who are harmed in an elevator accident can pursue legal action to recover compensation. In doing so, be sure to retain the services of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance.

What are Common Types of Elevator Accidents?

There are many moving parts in an elevator that must work properly in order for the machine to function. If the machine is defective due to improper care, it can malfunction and cause an accident. This may be the case in the event of the following:

  • 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?

Elevator accidents in New Jersey can cause serious injuries, such as cuts and bruises, crush injuries, back injuries, head trauma, neck injuries, severed limbs, broken bones, and wrongful death. After this takes place, a personal injury claim can be filed to pursue legal action. During this time, the injured party is required to collect evidence that proves negligence took place and directly caused their injuries. 

It is important to note that a negligent party in an elevator accident case can vary. This is depending on the circumstances of the case. For example, if a property owner caused the accident, it may be a premises liability case. If the elevator manufacturer caused the accident, it may be a product liability case. Evidence for a case can include security camera footage, witness statements, police reports, pictures of the safety hazard, medical documentation of the injuries you sustained, and more.

Contact our Firm

 If you have been injured as a result of a defective product and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.