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Elevator Misleveling Accident

Top Rated Buffalo, New York Elevator Misleveling Accident Injury Attorneys

Jed Dietrich, Esq., Distinguished as a New York Super Lawyer, and His Team of Determined, Dedicated, and Disciplined Attorneys at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., Recognized as an American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Personal Injury Law Firm, Battle to Obtain the Best Result for Victims Severely Injured in Elevator Misleveling Accidents in Buffalo, New York; Niagara Falls, New York; Rochester, New York; Throughout New York State and Beyond.


Caution signal on elevator The most common type of elevator accident is called misleveling. Misleveling accounts for roughly 25% of all elevator mishaps. Elevator misleveling happens when an elevator car fails to stop with the base aligned to the floor of the building. Instead, the elevator shaft stops below or above the building’s floor. This can form a lopsided edge of inches, or even feet, which creates a tripping hazard for unsuspecting passengers trying to enter or exit. When the elevator door opens, trip and fall victims can violently smash onto the ground resulting in broken arms and wrists, fractured hips, torn ligaments, neck and back injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.

If you have been injured because of an uneven elevator stop, you may find yourself on a long and difficult road to recovery. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of seasoned attorneys at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. will not allow another’s carelessness or negligence to ruin your life or destroy your livelihood. You should not be forced to carry the burden of severe pain and suffering, paying exorbitant medical bills, taking excessive time off from work, or other detrimental impacts. Being the victim of an elevator mishap is a traumatic experience for many victims. However, it does not have to be for you when you have the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s team of highly experienced and battle-tested elevator misleveling accident attorneys by your side every step of the way. Depending on what led to the uneven elevator stop, you may be eligible to pursue a personal injury lawsuit for monetary compensation against the elevator or specific component manufacturers, building owner, property manager, repair and maintenance contractors, or any other responsible parties.

Jed Dietrich, Esq., recognized as an American Institute of Trial Lawyers Litigator of the Year, founded the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. in 2005 with a mission to provide the highest level of personal injury service to victims. Our highly experienced attorneys will develop the most effective legal strategy to prove liability, enhance your chances of obtaining the maximum possible compensation for all injuries suffered, and ensure that justice prevails. Insurance companies have paid Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his elite team of attorneys over $175,000,000.00 in verdicts and settlements to compensate his clients for their serious personal injuries. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C., recognized as a Best Law Firm of America, is available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week by calling 716-839-3939 or by filling out the online consultation form. Contact us today so that we can help you!

What Causes Elevator Misleveling?

Electrician checking elevator Uneven elevator stops can happen just about anywhere, from office buildings and hotels to shopping malls. Technicians are trained to fine-tune leveling to a zero-tolerance in recognition that the slightest gap can turn an elevator into a dangerous tripping hazard. When an elevator is adequately serviced and working properly, a misleveled stop should never occur. Problems with the leveling mechanics of an elevator can include:

  1. Glitches with the automatic leveling system;
  2. The doors opening prematurely or during the landing approach;
  3. An unsuitable electrical current;
  4. Worn brakes in older brake-controlled elevators;
  5. Defective brake springs or drums;
  6. Valve leaks;
  7. Insufficient levels of fluid in hydraulic elevators; and
  8. Overcrowding of the elevator car.

The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s veteran team of elevator accident lawyers will employ a team of experts and engineers to thoroughly investigate your mishap. Our experts are industry specialists who have worked for elevator manufacturers, installation companies, and maintenance contractors. Together, we will analyze the faulty elevator’s control system to determine the exact cause of the misleveling. Additionally, our highly experienced team will examine the elevator’s logbooks and maintenance records, which may reveal a history of misleveling and other reported problems. All property owners are legally obligated to protect visitors, patrons, and employees from all foreseeable dangers. As such, various types of adjustment and repair procedures may be required to minimize or eliminate uneven stops. After identifying the exact cause of the misleveling, we can establish who should be held liable for your accident and resulting injuries.

WERE YOU, OR A LOVED ONE, SEVERELY INJURED BY A MISLEVELED ELEVATOR 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 MISLEVELING ACCIDENT INJURY LAWYERS AT 716-839-3939 NOW TO OBTAIN THE HELP THAT YOU NEED!

What To Do After Your Misleveling Elevator Incident

Stepping out onto an uneven surface can cause a victim to easily lose their balance. To prevent from falling, it is important to always watch your step when you are entering or exiting an elevator. Never run into or out of an elevator and constantly look where you are going. You can potentially avoid tripping and falling by exercising caution. Nevertheless, if you are unfortunate enough to suffer injury in a misleveling elevator accident, you should follow the below steps:

  1. Request to Speak with the Building Manager: If you were severely injured and unable to move, you should request someone nearby to find the manager. It is crucial to ensure that the manager observes your injury.
  2. Document Your Fall: Have the manager fill out an accident report and request a copy.
  3. Gather Evidence: If possible, take pictures and videos of your injuries, the causing condition, and the gap between the elevator cab and the building’s floor. Make a mental note of any cameras around that may have captured your accident. If there were any witnesses, request their contact information.
  4. Seek Medical Treatment: By requesting the manager to call 911, the paramedics can ensure you are not seriously injured. Even if you suffered a relatively minor injury, obtaining a medical checkup can strengthen your claim, especially in cases where the building owner or their insurance company argues that you did not suffer any actual injuries. It is important to remember that some injuries can remain dormant for months or even years.
  5. Contact an Elite Personal Injury Lawyer: An experienced personal injury lawyer can methodically investigate the elevator misleveling accident that caused your injuries and evaluate whether or not to file a claim.

By fulfilling the above steps, it will ensure you have sufficient evidence to support your case. Elevator misleveling accident claims can be exceptionally technical and complicated. Thus, it is crucial to hire a practiced personal injury attorney with extensive experience handling these types of accidents. Jed Dietrich, Esq. has exclusively handled serious personal injury cases throughout the United States since 1999, which includes many premises liability accident lawsuits. Allow Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of seasoned elevator accident lawyers to handle your claim and pursue the compensation that you deserve. Your damages, such as emergency treatment costs, physical therapy, prescription medications, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment, will help determine the amount of compensation awarded. 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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