If you are injured in an elevator or escalator accident in New York, it’s imperative you work with a legal professional with special training and knowledge regarding the application of state and federal laws. This is the only way you can be sure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve.
New York residents and visitors use elevators and escalators every day without a second thought, but occasionally malfunctions occur and the aftermath can be catastrophic. New York has its own group of laws that govern elevator installation, inspection, and maintenance, which means in addition to the federal regulations, those involved in elevator accidents in the state are faced with mountains of complicated laws. There are even different laws based on whether an elevator is electric or hydraulic: Electric elevators are governed by ANSI /ASME Standard A17.2.1, while hydraulic elevators are governed by ANSI/ASME Standard A17.2.2.
Who is Responsible If an Elevator or Escalator Malfunctions?
Often, in larger buildings, the company responsible for maintaining the elevator or escalator is contracted by the building owner for service and maintenance. They might even have a repairperson from the company onsite at all times and that repairperson must be properly trained to inspect and service the equipment. In this case, both the owner of the building and the repair company could be held legally responsible if a malfunction leads to injury.
Working with an attorney will make it easier for you to build a strong case in your favor. An attorney will assist you with:
• Gathering security footage from the location in question
• Securing copies of documents that explain the relationship between the building owner and the repair company
• Collecting service records for the elevator for several years
• Getting copies of inspection information and correspondence between the repair company and the building owner
• Securing testimony from the repair people
• Gathering invoices and insurance information, and other documents relevant to your case
Elevator and escalator incidents that result in injuries are considered serious by the court system and victims are often compensated generously for their injuries, pain, and suffering. Past awards have been in the multi-million dollar range.
If you have been injured in an escalator or elevator accident, it’s important to seek experienced legal representation. For more information, contact Law Offices of ELAN WURTZEL, P.C.