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Did you know there are more than 50,000 escalators and 900,000 elevators in the US?  Each elevator services an average of 20,000 people every year. The number doesn’t sound that crazy considering how much we depend on them to get to-and-from work every day. But have you stopped to consider how dangerous these seemingly safe elevators can be? Every year, nearly 30 people lose their lives in elevator-related accidents. There are dozens of different ways an elevator can malfunction and the passengers inside can get injured. Here are a few ways an elevator can cause injuries:

  • A mechanical breakdown or malfunction in the pulley system can cause the elevator to drop suddenly
  • The shaft is open and doors malfunction, causing the people to fall into the shaft
  • The elevator isn’t leveled correctly and fails to line up evenly with the floor, causing people to trip and fall while exiting or entering
  • When the elevator doors suddenly close due to a malfunction, before the people have had a chance to get out or in safely
  • Every time an elevator control malfunctions or the wiring is faulty, there is a risk of electrocution or fire.

 

Read more: Do You Need a Bronx, NY Elevator Accident Attorney to Pursue a Damages Claim?

Escalators are ubiquitous in a modern society such as ours. You can find them everywhere – from airports to train stations, hotels, shopping malls, and arenas. As a result, not many people are actually aware of the risks they pose. Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that every year, at least 30 people are killed and thousands of people are injured in accidents involving escalators. Studies also show that escalator accidents are not reported to the authorities in some cases, so the actual number of fatalities and injuries could be higher. Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff law firm, based in Brooklyn, New York, has been at the forefront of defending victims of escalator accidents for nearly a century. Since 1922, we have provided legal representation to over 30,000 personal injury victims and have managed to recover over $1 billion in damages. If you have sustained injuries as a result of an escalator accident in Brooklyn or if any of your loved ones has been injured or died in an accident involving an escalator, you have the right to file a claim against the parties responsible for the accident. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment. We offer a free consultation for our first-time clients. We have highly experienced lawyers who have successfully defended the rights of thousands of personal injury victims in Brooklyn, New York.

Read more: Escalator Injury Laws And Right to Compensation in Brooklyn, NY

Every day, thousands of people in Bronx, NY make use of elevators as part of their routine home, work, or leisure activities. Elevators in apartment complexes, office buildings, shopping malls, hospitals, airports, hotels, and department stores move nearly 300 million Americans every day. Riding in an elevator is so common that nobody worries about their safety when stepping in or out of it. However, mechanical mishaps and malfunctions can cause severe accidents related to elevators and escalators, affecting thousands of people every year. Accidents related to malfunctioning elevators in Bronx, NY are much more common than people realize. Every year, thousands of Americans suffer from personal injuries due to escalator and elevator accidents. In many cases, old and poorly maintained elevators cause the personal injury accidents. However, in some cases, poor design and manufacturing defects may also be responsible. Sometimes building owners also fail to address the liability issues on their premises regarding a poorly maintained elevator like abrupt stopping, door malfunctions, misleveling, or falls. When elevators suddenly stop or drop, or when cables snap, it can result in severe personal injuries and death. There have been cases where elevator doors opened while the elevator carriage itself wasn’t present or elevator doors opened suddenly when someone leaned on them. At Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff law firm, our Bronx elevator accident attorneys have been representing victims of elevator accidents since 1922. In our nearly century long experience, we have represented over 30,000 victims of personal injuries and recovered over $1 billion in compensation. In a personal injury lawsuit case like this, it’s important that the lawyer understands the elevator functions and features, the maintenance process, building codes, industry standards, and inspection regulations. Want our experienced lawyers to review your elevator accident case for free? Just pick up the phone and call us now. In this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn all about legal actions and types of damages available to you in an elevator accident in Bronx, NY.

Read more: Potential Damages Available to Victims in Bronx, NY Elevator Accident Cases

According to figures released by the Department of Buildings (DOB) of New York City, there are more than 4,000 freight elevators and 66,000 passenger elevators in the five boroughs of New York City alone. This data took into account all elevators located within the residential, retail, and commercial properties in New York City. Elevators play a crucial role in transporting people as well as cargo in Brooklyn and thousands of Brooklynites use them every day. However, sometimes elevators are known to malfunction, causing injury or worse, death. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 26 people lose their lives in elevator-related accidents every year in America. On average, 10,200 people suffer injuries in elevator accidents every year and the majority of these accidents are caused by some sort of malfunction in elevator doors, vulnerabilities in passenger safety guidelines, and misalignment in carriages. What causes these accidents? As per the Consumer Watch website, there are several ways an elevator can malfunction, for example, defects in elevator’s door operation, pulley systems, wiring, or poor maintenance procedures. However, property owners in Brooklyn, NY are legally responsible for taking proper care of their buildings, and thus, the elevators on the building premises. If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in an elevator accident, you may be entitled to damages if the property owner is proved to be negligent in maintaining the elevator. An attorney from the Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff law firm can evaluate the specifics of your accident and find out whether someone else was responsible for your injuries. If it turns out that someone is indeed liable, we can help you receive compensation that you deserve to cover medical bills and other losses related to your injury.

Read more: What You Should Know About Elevator Accident Laws in Brooklyn, NY

CONSTRUCTION SITE MAY HAVE BEEN IN VIOLATION OF NEW YORK LABOR LAW 240(1)  BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (November 11, 2016) 

A construction worker was in critical condition and had to be rushed to Elmhurst Hospital after falling down an elevator shaft, according to NBC News. Other construction workers are saying that the accident happened after the man stepped on a wood board that snapped. The worker was hearing a protective helmet as well as a harness at the time of the accident. But it remains unclear if the man was hooked up properly. Pilku Construction Services, which employs the man, has declined to comment. The elevators constructions union came out shortly after the accident and said that this incident highlights the need for the passage of the Elevator Safety Act. The ACT would set minimum standards for training and safety for the mechanics that work on elevators. Our staff at the RMFW Law Firm extend our thoughts and prayers to the man that was injured in this elevator accident. We encourage the city and regulatory agencies to conduct a thorough investigation into what happened. We sincerely hope that the appropriate steps are taken in order to prevent accident like this from happening in the future.

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