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Elevator Drop Accident

Determined, Disciplined, and Dedicated Elevator Drop Accident Injury Attorneys In Buffalo, New York

Contact Jed Dietrich, Esq., Acclaimed as a New York Super Lawyer and American Institute of Trial Lawyers Litigator of the Year, and His Team of Elite Lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. If You were Injured in a Sudden Elevator Drop Accident in Buffalo, New York.


Man falling in elevator Every day, people in office buildings, shopping malls, apartment buildings, and hotels ride elevators without ever thinking about the possibility that an accident may occur. While elevators serve as an efficient and fast means of getting from one floor to another, they must be rigorously maintained to operate safely. Regrettably, various accidents that can occur when riding an elevator up or down. Abrupt elevator drops are one of the most terrifying elevator mishaps that passengers can encounter. These rapid drops can slam victims into the walls, floor, and ceiling, causing severe injuries or worse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), elevator incidents seriously injure around 17,000 and kill roughly 30 victims each year throughout the United States.

Victims of brutal elevator drops are often incapacitated at the hospital for weeks or even months, instead of being able to work. If you, or a loved one, were unfortunate enough to be on a plummeting elevator and suffered injuries, you may be uncertain about your next step. Even with medical insurance, expenses for emergency medical treatment, surgeries, prescription medications, mobility aids, and rehabilitation can pile up quickly. You should not be forced to carry the burden of paying for costly medical expenses, taking excessive time off from work, or other unanticipated future impacts. Allow Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of leading elevator drop accident lawyers to handle your claim and obtain the compensation that you deserve. Pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party may be the only way to start recovering and rebuilding your life.

The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s veteran team of elevator drop accident attorneys has extensive experience handling elevator-related injuries and will help alleviate some of the stress that you are encountering during this difficult time. Since 1999, Jed Dietrich, Esq., a recognized member of the Premier Lawyers of America, has exclusively handled serious personal injury and product liability cases. Distinguished as a Best Law Firm of America and honored with a Better Business Bureau A+ Rating, our outstanding law firm will fight to obtain the best result for your elevator mishap injuries and resulting damages. Insurance companies have paid Jed Dietrich, Esq. at least $1,000,000.00 or more 38 times to compensate his clients for their injuries. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s highly qualified team is available for your free consultation 24 hours per day and 7 days per week by calling 716-839-3939 or by filling out the online consultation form.

What Can Cause An Elevator To Drop?

If an elevator car travels down too fast, most modern elevators have governors that are supposed to activate brakes on the travel rails. Further, switches on the elevator shaft detect passing elevators and initiate slowdowns or stop if the car is moving too fast. While in most cases, the safety features on an elevator can help prevent dangerous drops, sometimes even these are not enough. Over time, elevators can breakdown and have many other safety issues. It is up to the property owners and building managers to ensure that their elevators are up to code and operating safely. As such, owners must be proactive in ensuring that elevators are regularly inspected and maintained. Common causes of elevators plummeting at high speeds include:

  1. Defective counterweights;
  2. Pulley system malfunctions;
  3. Broken or snapped cables;
  4. Switch detection issues;
  5. Worn brakes on the elevator’s travel rails;
  6. Failed speed-sensing governors on cable elevators;
  7. Improper installation; and
  8. Inadequate or incomplete maintenance and repairs.

In addition to elevator drops, defects can cause elevators to move at unsafe speeds, start or stop abruptly, and jerk upwards.

WERE YOU, OR A LOVED ONE, SEVERELY INJURED OR WORSE IN AN ELEVATOR DROP ACCIDENT IN BUFFALO, NIAGARA FALLS, ROCHESTER, OR OTHER PARTS OF NEW YORK STATE?

CALL JED DIETRICH, ESQ. AND HIS TOP RATED AND HIGHLY EXPERIENCED TEAM OF BUFFALO, NEW YORK ELEVATOR DROP ACCIDENT INJURY LAWYERS AT 716-839-3939 NOW TO OBTAIN THE HELP THAT YOU NEED!

How To Survive A Sudden Elevator Drop

Injured boy speaking to doctor Sudden drops can cause a devastating impact on a victim’s body resulting in severe injuries such as broken bones, fractured skulls, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, and death. At one time or another, every passenger has probably considered how they would react if an elevator suddenly dropped. Some passengers might try to reduce the impact speed by jumping right before the elevator hits the ground; however, this could cause the passenger to smash their head on the ceiling and suffer a terrible landing. Others might suggest standing with your knees bent to better absorb the force, but your legs would flex as the elevator hit the ground and extend the force of your body’s impact. This approach keeps your body parallel to the lines of force and would likely subject your legs and knees to a greater risk of injury.

The position of a person’s body when encountering the harsh impact plays a fundamental role in surviving. The theory that a relaxed body will suffer fewer injuries in a car crash can be applied to elevator drops as well. Tighter muscles can greatly restrict your flexibility and freedom of movement. Flexibility can help cushion the blow on your internal organs, brain, and spinal cord. Bearing this in mind, the consensus holds that it is best to lie flat on your back on the elevator floor with your head covered to guard against flying objects. Crashing into the ground floor in this position would help spread the impact across your entire body. Additionally, it would place your spine and bones perpendicular to the direction of the impact to better isolate them from crushing damage.

If you, or a loved one, have suffered a serious injury in an elevator drop accident, it is crucial to contact Jed Dietrich, Esq., acclaimed as an American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys, and his battle-tested team of attorneys at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. to learn more about your legal rights. Our highly experienced team will systematically investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident to determine who should be held responsible. You may be entitled to seek monetary compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost wages from work, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, and permanent disability. Insurance companies have paid Jed Dietrich, Esq. over $175,000,000.00 in verdicts and settlements to compensate his clients for their serious personal injuries. Our honorable commitment to exceeding your expectations and delivering an excellent outcome sets us apart from the competition. Contact the best of the best at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. today at 716-839-3939. Our veteran attorneys are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week, and there is never a fee unless we WIN for you!


Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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