The attorneys at Jesse Minc Law Group help people injured in elevator accidents on various types of property throughout New York City pursue all of the compensation that they are legally entitled to receive for their harm. Our Bronx elevator accident lawyers have significant experience in personal injury litigation and settlement negotiations, as well as a strong track record of success (more than 95 percent of cases favorably resolved) for the people whom we represent. Our firm is selective in the elevator and escalator accident cases that we decide to take so that we can ensure that clients get personal attention from their attorney, rather than being transferred to paralegals or administrative staff. We understand that you may be facing significant financial burdens in addition to physical pain, and we make it our mission to help you alleviate those burdens.Legal Remedies for Elevator Accidents
When you get on an elevator, you expect it to take you from Point A to Point B quickly and safely. The unfortunate truth, however, is that these machines sometimes malfunction, whether it is because of a design defect, wear and tear, or poor maintenance. When that happens, elevator users may find themselves trapped in the lift or thrown against the walls, ceiling, or floor of the elevator due to sudden shifts. Even when an elevator simply fails to come to a stop at precisely the level of the floor outside, that can create a hazard for trip and falls. In some cases, the elevator doors may open into an empty shaft. That creates the risk that a person who is not paying attention could fall into the shaft.
If you or a loved one is injured in an elevator accident in New York, you have the right to seek compensation from those responsible. Potential defendants may be the elevator designer, manufacturer, and seller, and they also likely include the person or entity that owns the property on which the accident occurred, as well as the company that has contracted with the property owner to maintain and repair the elevator. Our elevator accident attorneys can help Bronx victims and other people throughout New York City identify the appropriate parties to sue in their case.
Usually, the most difficult issue to prove in any elevator accident case is the element of “notice”. This important legal element requires proof that the elevator in question was defective, and that those responsible had notice of this defective condition of the elevator that caused an accident. Generally, proof of notice in an elevator accident case requires that an expert engineer inspect the elevator and all of its working components to determine how the accident was caused; this important information will also allow the engineer to show how the problem with the elevator that caused an accident was long-standing such that those responsible should have recognized it and fixed it before the elevator caused a serious injury. We maintain a network of experts to do just that, and will spend whatever money is necessary to prove “notice” in your elevator accident lawsuit.
A person injured in an accident on someone else’s property is entitled to seek compensation for related medical bills, missed wages due to time away from work, and any reduction in their earning capacity that comes with their injuries. In many cases, you can also recover damages for pain, suffering, and emotional distress. In a tragic situation in which a person dies in an elevator accident, his or her spouse can seek compensation for wrongful death. The state’s comparative negligence rule allows you to recover at least some of your damages, even if you are partly to blame for the accident.Proving a Premises Liability Claim
State and local laws generally impose a “duty of care” on property owners that requires them to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition. The law also obligates property owners to warn people of any hazards of which the owner knows or should know through a reasonable inspection.
To get compensation for you from a property owner, our Bronx elevator accident attorneys will need to prove that the owner knew that the elevator was malfunctioning or that the owner should have anticipated the accident. We also will need to tie the owner’s failure to live up to the duty of care to the accident itself. Finally, we will detail the extent of your injuries and explain how they will affect your life moving forward.Seek Assistance with Your Elevator Injury Claim
At Jesse Minc Law Group, we understand the legal issues that often come up in elevator accident and other premises liability cases, such as those involving stairway falls. We offer free consultations and represent people throughout the Greater New York City region, including in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and areas throughout Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. We do not charge a fee in most of our premises liability cases unless we get compensation for a client. Call us at (718) 354-8000 or contact us online to discuss your case with an elevator accident lawyer in the Bronx. Se habla espanol.