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Woman Rescued After Getting Stuck in Manhattan Townhouse Elevator

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A woman was trapped in a Manhattan building elevator over the weekend before firefighters eventually rescued her on the morning of Jan. 28. According to an NBC New York news report, the woman was an employee of the building owners of the Upper East Side townhouse building on East 65th Street near Madison Avenue, a block away from Central Park. Firefighters rescued the woman and officials are still trying to determine exactly when the victim got stuck.

The woman was transported to a local hospital and further information regarding her condition was not immediately available. It is also not clear if she had a cell phone or some other communication device with her at the time. City records show that the elevator was inspected in July and no violations were filed. Our thoughts and prayers are with this victim and we wish her a speedy and complete recovery.

The Problem of Unsafe Elevators

The New York City Department of Buildings estimates that since 2010 citywide at least 22 people have been killed in passenger elevators and from falling into elevator shafts. Also, since 2010, there have been nearly 500 elevator accidents reported, of which 48 have led to serious injuries. While nearly half of these involved passengers, a majority of those who suffered fatal injuries were elevator mechanics. New York City has more elevators than Los Angeles and Chicago combined. However, the city does not legally require training and licensing for elevator mechanics.

A recent investigation by The Real Deal found that lack of training for elevator mechanics combined with city inspectors’ failure to identify dangerous elevators and/or falsifying inspection records have significantly affected elevator safety in New York City. Landlords and property managers who hire mechanics often do not face penalties for neglecting safety. This gives them little incentive to practice safety measures and places elevator users in serious danger of injury or death.

What Are Your Rights?

If you or a loved one has been injured in an elevator accident, please understand that you do have legal rights. Building owners, managing agents and elevator maintenance companies have a responsibility to ensure that their elevators are properly installed and that they are maintained in good working condition. Elevator maintenance companies have a duty to ensure that elevators are properly serviced.

Injured victims of elevator accidents can file what is known as a premises liability lawsuit against at-fault property owners and/or managing agents, etc. Victims can seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Those who have lost loved ones in elevator accidents may be able to file wrongful death lawsuits against the negligent (careless) parties seeking compensation for their losses as well.

Who Can Be Held Liable?

An experienced NYC elevator accident lawyer will be able to identify the parties involved in the manufacturing, installing and maintaining of the elevator in question. It is crucial that you retain the services of a lawyer who has a thorough understanding of how to investigate these types of accident cases and determine who was at fault. In some cases, an elevator manufacturer may be held responsible, particularly if any of the components had failed due to defective manufacturing or faulty design.

If incorrect installation was an issue, the installer may be held responsible. The building owner and property manager may be held accountable if they had failed to maintain the elevator or if they did not make timely repairs. If an elevator maintenance company did not perform the repairs correctly, they may be held responsible for the injuries and damages caused as well.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in an elevator accident or suffered injuries as a result of negligence on the part of property owners and/or property managers etc., the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.

Our law firm recovered $3,000,000 for a man who fell and suffered two broken legs when he walked into an open elevator shaft. In an interview by the Canadian television station Global News after a fatal escalator accident in Montreal, Mr. Kenneth A. Wilhelm stated that the installation of emergency stop buttons that are easily located and run the entire length of the escalator stairs could go a long way in preventing escalator accident injuries and fatalities.

Please contact us TOLL FREE 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). WE CAN EVEN COME TO YOU. There is no attorneys’ fee unless we recover money for you. We can also help with personal injury and medical malpractice cases in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.

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Source: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/woman-stuck-elevator-trapped-rescue-fdny-ues-504970021.html

Two People Killed in New York Truck Accident

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Two people were killed in a truck accident in Rochester the morning of Jan. 18. According to a news report in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the fatal truck accident occurred when a tractor-trailer going east on state Route 104 left the roadway and traveled down an embankment into Hudson Avenue hitting a light pole […]

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NYCHA Queensbridge Public Housing Project in Queens is Facing Lead Poisoning Complaints

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Queensbridge Homes has the distinction of being not just New York City’s largest public housing project, but also the biggest public housing project in the country. This housing development is one of 330 that is owned by the New York City Housing Authority or NYCHA, the city agency that is currently under scrutiny over poor […]

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One Dead Five Others Sickened After Carbon Monoxide Exposure in Bronx Building

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One person has died and five others have been sickened after all were exposed to carbon monoxide in a two-story home in Fordham in the Bronx. According to a News 12 report, officials said there was a gas leak at the home on Walton Avenue the night of Jan. 19. Fire officials said carbon monoxide […]

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What Makes Winter Driving Different? Tips to Stay Safe as You Drive in the Snow

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Winter weather can create treacherous conditions for drivers. A recent article in The New York Times talks about how driver’s education classes typically ignore what makes winter driving different and how to avoid and handle skids. And this is potentially lifesaving information during New York’s harsh winters. People who have been driving for decades tend […]

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Report Shows Workplace Deaths in New York City Surged in 2017

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Workplace fatalities in New York City increased by 55 percent in 2017 although fatalities in the construction industry remained flat, The Wall Street Journal reported. The numbers, released by the U.S. Department of Labor, showed there were 87 workplace deaths in the five city boroughs in 2017, the highest level since 2008. That compared with […]

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Elevator Safety Still a Problem in New York City

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Elevator safety in New York City is a huge problem – whether we’re talking about buildings in the projects (NYCHA) or luxury apartment buildings in Manhattan. According to an in-depth investigative report in The Real Deal, elevator mechanics often have little training, inspectors routinely fail to identify hazards and landlords get away without facing penalties […]

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Comedian Michael Che Shows Support for NYCHA Residents (The Projects)

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Michael Che, the co-host of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” is tapping the comedy community for a show to benefit the Fund for Public Housing, a city-run nonprofit that raises private dollars for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). According to a news report in The Wall Street Journal, the city’s housing authority, which […]

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Can You Sue Both the Truck Driver and the Truck Company After a Big Rig Accident?

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If you have been injured in a large truck accident, it is often not easy to determine who should be held liable for the resulting injuries and losses. These types of cases are made more complex by the fact that there are multiple parties that may be held responsible for causing and/or contributing to the […]

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New York City Construction Accidents and Injuries at their Highest

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Reported injuries due to construction accidents in New York City have been higher in 2018 than in any year of the post-recession building boom, according to a news report in Crain’s New York. Also, construction accident fatalities in 2018 will equal its highest number for recent years even when not taking into account the full […]

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