New York Stairway, Escalator or Elevator Accidents Attorney
Often, elevator accidents occur due to the improper maintenance or repair of stairways, elevators and/or escalators. The property owner and any maintenance companies hired by the owner are responsible for the safety of the people on the property, and it is their obligation to repair and maintain the premises so that it is free of safety hazards and risks. Failure to ensure property maintenance by a property owner or managing agent can be considered negligence. Negligence may be defined as the failure to use that degree of care that a reasonable person would have used under the same circumstances. When someone is injured or suffers a fatal accident due to another’s negligence, compensation can be sought to recover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and money for past and future pain and suffering, etc.
At the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm, we fight against these property owners, operators, managing agents and their insurance companies, and we do everything we can to help injury victims and their families recover the most. We can even come to you at your home, hospital or on the job.
If you don’t have a doctor to treat you for your injury, we may well be able to find doctors that can treat you without you paying them until the end of the case, and we can keep insurance adjusters from calling you.
In one case, an injured person required ankle surgery after being hurt by an elevator which fell four floors. This case was settled for $1,750,000.
Causes of Stairway, Elevator and Escalator Accidents
Common causes of these accidents are:
- Improper maintenance
- No handrails or support rails on stairwells
- Cracked, broken, non-level or otherwise defective steps
- Unsafe design
- Sudden elevator drops
- Jammed elevator doors
- Failure of elevator doors to close
- Elevator cages that get stuck between floors
- Elevator doors closing on someone
- Too wide a gap between floor and elevator landing
Common Injuries due to Stairway, Elevator and Escalator Accidents
Many kinds of accidents and injuries occur due to these conditions and these injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Sprained joints and ligaments
- Broken bones
- Back and neck injuries
- Head injuries
Stairway, Elevator and Escalator Accident Cases
If you or someone you know has been injured in a stairway, elevator or escalator accident that was caused by the negligence or carelessness of others, you may have a case. Please contact the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm immediately for your free consultation. We will guide you through the case process, explain your rights and do everything we can to help get you the most money for your case or claim. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496).