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In New York State, elevators are virtually everywhere, from apartments to shopping malls, to office buildings. Because of this, we seldom imagine an accident occurring when stepping into one, however, elevator accidents do happen, and when they do, people are often seriously injured as a result. If you are someone who has been injured in an elevator accident, you must continue reading and reach out to our experienced Westchester County personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Who is responsible for an elevator accident?

After an elevator accident, you will have to hire an attorney who can first determine the party responsible. For example, in certain cases, you may file a premises liability lawsuit if your attorney can prove that the property owner knew or should have reasonably known about the unsafe elevator conditions, failed to take action to fix them, and you were injured and sustained significant damages as a result. However, in other cases, you may have a valid product liability lawsuit if your attorney can prove that you were injured due to a defective elevator design or a negligent elevator manufacturer. Regardless, you will need an attorney on your side that can gather and present all evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof. Some of the most valuable types of evidence can include pictures of the unsafe elevator conditions, surveillance footage of the accident, medical documents, police reports, and more.

How long do I have to sue someone for an injury in New York State?

The state of New York has a statute of limitations in place for personal injury claims, which dictates the amount of time an individual has to take legal action against another party for an injury. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State is, generally, three years, which gives the wrongly injured, generally, three years from the date of their accident to sue. However, though three years may sound like a lot of time, our firm must advise you to speak with us sooner, rather than later. If you wait any longer than three years, you will be barred from suing. Do not let this happen. We are ready to fight for your right to compensation today.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.