New York Elevator Accident Lawyers

Representing Elevator Injury Victims Throughout New York State

New York has numerous highly detailed local laws governing the installation, inspection and maintenance of elevators. However, when elevator maintenance companies, building owners, general contractors, and other responsible parties fail to comply with the applicable laws and safety standards, serious accidents may result.

If you suffered an injury while working on or riding in an elevator, we urge you to explore all of your legal rights by contacting Block O'Toole & Murphy as soon as possible after the injury occurs. Our skilled New York City attorneys have one of the best track records in litigating elevator accident cases, including top multi-million dollar recoveries. Results include*:

  • $7,200,000 settlement for a wrongful death case in which a Brooklyn man fell to his death after he became trapped in a misleveled elevator
  • $7,000,000 settlement for a man who was working for a major retailer when his back came into contact with elevator doors that gave way, causing him to fall 30 feet down the elevator shaft
  • $5,500,000 settlement for a delivery worker who was seriously hurt after he was struck by the interior gate of a freight elevator in Midtown East
  • $4,000,000 recovery for an elevator erector injured as a result of a work accident in Manhattan
  • $3,000,000 settlement after an elevator technician was injured in a work fall while working on a disabled elevator
  • $2,250,000 wrongful death recovery for the spouse of an elevator erector who was fatally injured as a result of a tragic construction accident in Chelsea
  • $2,000,000 recovery in a Brooklyn case for a man hurt as a result of an elevator malfunction
  • $1,900,000 settlement in a lawsuit against the elevator repair company when a man riding the elevator was hurt as a result of sudden deceleration
  • $1,500,000 settlement in the case of two auto parts workers who sustained injuries when the freight elevator they were riding fell

The Law Firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy has the most successful personal injury record in New York State, attaining more results exceeding $1,000,000 each year than any other New York law firm since 2012. In 2016, the firm achieved 4 of the 5 Highest Settlements in New York State. If you've been harmed as a result of an elevator accident, learn your legal rights today. Call 212-736-5300 for a FREE case evaluation.

Handling a Broad Spectrum of Elevator Accidents

As one of New York's premier personal injury law firms, Block O'Toole & Murphy handles a wide array of elevator accident cases. These may involve:

  • Sudden acceleration or deceleration
  • Misleveling, or the elevator failing to line up with the building floor
  • Becoming caught in the elevator door
  • Injuries caused by manually operated hoists on construction sites
  • Falling down the open elevator shaft
  • Being trapped in the main elevator compartment
  • Being crushed between the elevator wall and the car
  • Defective governors
  • Improper maintenance of the hoist cable
  • Bypassing the interlock circuit
  • Safety device failures
  • Wet floors, causing slip and fall accidents
  • Manufacturing defect

Elevator accidents can result in very serious injuries, including spinal fractures, herniated discs, concussions, brain damage, broken bones, and even death. Injury victims need an attorney that knows the law inside and out, understands the rights of elevator workers and passengers, and has the tools to maximize financial recovery.

Filing an Elevator Accident Lawsuit in New York

Millions of New Yorkers depend on elevators every day. When elevators, escalators, and moving stairways malfunction, it can result in catastrophic injuries to multiple people. According to the latest data generated by New York City's Department of Buildings (DOB), there are over 66,000 passenger elevators and 4,000 freight elevators in the 5 boroughs of New York City alone. These include elevator cars in:

  • Retail Stores
  • Hotels
  • Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Schools and Universities
  • Airports
  • Hospitals

Unsurprisingly, Manhattan has more elevators in New York City than any other borough, with the highest density in Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea, Upper East Side, and Midtown Manhattan.

Elevator accident lawsuits are complex. Depending on the circumstance, different local and federal laws apply to the case. For instance, a number of elevator injuries and deaths occur on construction sites where laborers work from elevated heights. New York has enacted specialized laws designed to protect construction site workers who often operate manual hoists.

Elevator injury lawsuits can also be filed against multiple parties, including the elevator repair company, property owners, companies, home owner associations, developers, and other parties responsible for failing to ensure safety on elevators.

A lawyer experienced in litigating elevator accident cases will collect evidence such as security footage in the elevator, inspection data, medical records, and other relevant information to help juries and insurance companies recognize the impact that a serious accident can have on the victim's life.

Consult an Elevator Injury Attorney Today

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an elevator-related accident, you can learn more about your rights and options today by speaking with a qualified attorney. Simply call 212-736-5300, or email us to schedule a FREE case evaluation. We serve all New York State, including Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island, Rochester, Albany, and Buffalo.

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