When you come aboard an elevator, you are most likely at ease, as there is a very small chance anything could go wrong. However, elevator accidents happen more often than you think, and when they do, the outcome is often severe. This is why if you have been injured in an elevator accident, you are most likely looking into recovering financial compensation. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common types of elevator accidents?
Elevators are composed of several working parts, and when something malfunctions, you may have a sudden and painful accident on your hands. Some of the most common elevator accidents are as follows:
- Electrocutions due to faulty wiring
- People tripping due to uneven or unbalanced leveling with the floor
- People falling down the elevator shafts
- people getting caught in between malfunctioning doors
- People being whipped around due to excessive elevator speed
- Elevator fires–sometimes caused by electrical problems
What are some injuries that have recovered financial compensation in the past?
Because elevator injuries are very often not the passenger’s fault, most injured passengers will seek financial compensation. Some of the injuries sustained in elevator accidents that have recovered compensation in the past are as follows:
- Cuts and bruises
- Crush injuries
- Back injuries
- Head trauma
- Neck injuries
- Severed limbs
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
How do I know if I am eligible for financial compensation following a New Jersey elevator accident?
If you have been injured in an elevator accident, the first thing you must do is hire an experienced attorney who is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Essentially, your attorney must prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence, which means he or she will have to determine whether you have a product or a premises liability lawsuit. If you were injured due to a landlord or property owner’s negligence, then you will have a premises liability case. If you can prove you were injured because of an elevator’s faulty design or a negligent manufacturer, you will most likely have a product liability case. To prove your case, you may recover security camera footage, witness statements, police reports, pictures of the safety hazard, or even medical documentation regarding the extent of the injuries you have sustained.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
If you or someone you know was involved in an accident and wishes to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq.today. If you have sustained serious injuries due to another party’s negligence, there is no reason for you to suffer alone. The compensation you receive may cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages and more. Do yourself a favor and let us work with you to attain the financial assistance you need.