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Fortunately, most of us will never have to imagine what it’s like to experience an elevator accident. That being said, these accidents do happen, and if you are someone who has recently been involved in a serious elevator accident, you most likely require financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, in-home care, and more. Our firm is here to help. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Westchester County personal injury attorneys to learn more about elevator accidents and how we can help you if you have been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What causes most elevator accidents?

There are various causes of elevator accidents, though they are frequently due to some form of negligence. The most common causes of elevator accidents are as follows:

  • Failing to maintain elevators
  • Door operator errors
  • Drive malfunctions
  • Improper installations
  • Faulty wiring
  • Abrupt stops
  • Mechanical breakdowns
  • Control system malfunctions
  • Pully system malfunctions
  • Negligent elevator design
  • Power failures

Who is responsible for an elevator accident?

If you are someone who has been injured in an elevator accident, you will have to retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney who can first determine the liable party. In many cases, the liable party will be a negligent product designer or manufacturer, in which case we will file a product liability lawsuit. In other cases, if we find that the property owner knew or should have known about the unsafe elevator condition, failed to fix it timely, and you were injured and incurred significant damages as a result, we will file a premises liability lawsuit.

How long will I have to sue someone for an injury sustained in an accident in New York?

If you are injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you will have to ensure that you file your claim on time. Every state has a statute of limitations in place that regulates the amount of time you will have to sue, and since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is three years, you must not wait any longer than three years from the date of your accident to sue the party responsible for your injuries. If you wait past the three-year mark, you will most likely be barred from suing.


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.