Westchester County Elevator Accident Attorneys
Elevator Accident Attorneys in Harrison, New York
People in Westchester County take elevators at least a few times a week, if not every day. Step in, choose your floor, and get out. What could go wrong? Unfortunately, a lot. Elevator accidents are more common than you may realize but when they do happen, they are very serious. There are a number of reasons that an elevator accident may occur, whether it be mechanical or if there is an issue with the way the elevator was designed. If you have been the victim of an elevator accident in Westchester County, it is important to consider your legal options and see whether you are eligible for compensation. Hausman & Pendzick has decades of experience assisting clients who have been injured in elevator accidents. Contact our firm today.
How do I determine liability in an elevator accident?
When you wish to bring a personal injury case because you have been hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is necessary to fulfill the burden of proof. This means that you, the injured party, must prove that the negligent party failed to provide a safe elevator, which ultimately resulted in your injuries. Arguably the most challenging part of an elevator accident case is determining who the negligent party is. In some elevator accident cases, the property owner is liable. In others, however, the manufacturer of the elevator is liable. An experienced personal injury attorney can effectively determine who is at fault and hold them accountable.
If the property owner knew that the elevator was broken or needed regular maintenance but did not have the repairs made within a reasonable period of time, they can be held liable for the injuries sustained. Though it can be challenging to prove that a property owner knew about the issue and failed to fix it, it is possible with the help of an experienced attorney.
If there was an issue with the elevator but it was undetectable to the property owner, it may be an issue of product liability. An attorney and an expert in the field will have to assess whether the designer or the manufacturer was at fault. If the elevator’s designer failed to consider all safety aspects, they can be held liable. If the design was safe but the manufacturer deviated from the approved plans, the elevator may be unsafe and cause an accident. Additionally, the elevator company can be held liable if they failed to provide labels and warnings necessary to keep users safe.
An attorney with the skill to take on a case of this complexity is necessary to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Hausman & Pendzick has decades of experience representing those who have been injured in Westchester County elevator accidents.
Contact a NY elevator accident attorney
If you have been the victim of an elevator accident and suffered serious injuries, you may be entitled to damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. Contact Hausman & Pendzick today to discuss how we can help.