Does a New York elevator fall have you thinking twice about the stairs?


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1/20/2012
Edmund J.M. Smyth
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Rarely do we think about the potential for injury when we step into an elevator, but a recent rash of New York elevator accidents has made the headlines — and may have you thinking about taking the stairs.
On average, about 17,000 people in the U.S. are injured annually in either elevator or escalator accidents. Those same accidents kill about 30 people each year.
Injuries from elevator accidents vary greatly but can include:
  • Spinal cord or back injury from a sudden drop
  • Crush injury from a malfunctioning door
  • Head injury from being jostled up and down
  • Suffocation from being trapped in an elevator
Additionally, the emotional trauma from such a freak accident often leaves the person understandably afraid of elevators.
What exactly causes an elevator to malfunction? Numerous problems can occur, such as:
  • An electrical short
  • A malfunctioning or defective part
  • Poorly done or inadequate maintenance
  • A problem in the initial construction or leveling of the elevator
No matter the cause of the malfunction, an elevator accident often leaves the injured person with serious physical and emotional issues. If you or a loved one has been injured in an elevator accident, you should contact an experienced New York injury attorney. 
The New York slip and fall lawyers at Smyth Nora are skilled in dealing with construction-related injuries as well as slip and fall accidents. We can offer an expert opinion on what your next step should be.
Call us today at 631-271-7500 or toll-free at 888-804-5044, and don’t forget to request your free copy of our book, “The Five Deadly Sins Clients Commit.”


Category: Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents


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