Faulty Maintenance Elevator Accident
Jed Dietrich, Esq., Recognized as a Best Lawyer of America and New York Super Lawyer, and His Team of Aggressive, Tenacious, and Hardworking Lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. Fight to Obtain the Best Result for Victims of Elevator Accidents Caused by Inadequate Maintenance in Buffalo, New York; Niagara Falls, New York; Rochester, New York; Throughout New York State and Beyond.
According to consumerwatch.com, elevators throughout the country collectively make approximately 18 billion passenger trips per year, transporting an average of five people per trip. Regardless of the relative safety of these machines, mishaps on elevators can cause severe injuries or worse. Elevator accidents can be attributed to various causes, but one of the most common is faulty and inadequate maintenance. These extremely complex machines require constant inspections, maintenance, and servicing. Property owners and managers of buildings with elevators are legally obligated to keep their elevators in suitable working condition. As such, they must be proactive in overseeing routine inspections, servicing, and maintenance of their elevators. Additionally, all elevator issues must be fixed within a reasonable time.
In January 2020, Governor Cuomo signed the Elevator Safety Act to improve elevator safety. The legislation requires all individuals involved in the operation, maintenance, inspection, and repair of elevators to be licensed by New York State. Also, the New York State Elevator Safety and Standards Advisory Board was formed to establish recommendations for inspections, ensure compliance, and foster public safety. Unfortunately, negligent and irresponsible contractors can still cause unnecessary elevator accidents. For example, after being briefly taken out of service, an elevator crushed a 30-year-old Manhattan man to death in his apartment building. Safety experts believe that the incident was caused by contractors manipulating a safety circuit to troubleshoot the elevator. Heartbreaking tragedies like this make it imperative that contractors provide safe and dependable maintenance.
Elevator accidents caused by improper maintenance must be adequately proven and successfully negotiated by a practiced lawyer. Jed Dietrich, Esq. founded the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. in 2005 with a mission to provide the highest level of personal injury service to victims. Since 1999, Jed Dietrich, Esq., a distinguished member of the Premier Lawyers of America, has exclusively handled serious personal injury and premises liability cases. Over time, Jed Dietrich, Esq. has seen the devastating impact that elevator accidents can have on a victim’s life, ranging from total paralysis and brain damage to death. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s elite team of Buffalo, New York improper elevator maintenance accident attorneys is here to assist you in rebuilding everything that you have lost by asserting your legal rights to seek compensation. Insurance companies have paid Jed Dietrich, Esq. at least $1,000,000.00 or more 38 times to compensate his clients for their injuries. Our 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. Contact us today so that we can help you!Common Causes Of Improper Elevator Maintenance Mishaps
When required, routine inspections, servicing, and maintenance are neglected elevators are much more likely to malfunction or breakdown. Dangerous elevator maintenance practices that can result in accidents include:
- Improper installation of new elevator parts;
- Property and building owners failing to schedule routine inspections;
- Owners failing to remedy known elevator issues;
- Inadequate training of maintenance workers;
- Insufficient or incomplete inspections;
- Improper servicing;
- Forgetting to turn vital safety features back on after maintenance;
- Failing to warn guests and residents of safety issues;
- Poor maintenance procedures; and
- Failure to replace broken or worn components.
When elevators are not properly maintained and safety regulations are overlooked, devastating accidents can cause life-changing injuries, permanent disfigurement, tremendous pain and suffering, and other immense damages.
WERE YOU, OR A LOVED ONE, SERIOUSLY INJURED IN AN ELEVATOR MISHAP CAUSED BY FAULTY MAINTENANCE IN BUFFALO, NIAGARA FALLS, ROCHESTER, OR OTHER PARTS OF NEW YORK STATE?
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Elevator accidents caused by faulty maintenance can be complicated, often involving several different parties. Building owners and management companies can be liable for accidents that result from failure to routinely inspect and maintain their elevators. Claims against owners of properties, such as apartment and office buildings, are based on the legal theory of premises liability. Owners are legally obligated to ensure that their elevators operate in a reasonably safe manner. As such, owners are required to inspect elevators for potential dangers and remedy any issues within a reasonable period. Resolving an issue could involve taking the elevator out of service, placing warning signs on it, or calling a maintenance contractor. Elevator logbooks and other records can be used to show when certain maintenance procedures were performed. Additionally, work contracts can be used to determine how often inspections and servicing were completed. The frequency and nature of maintenance must be suitable for the specific type of elevator as well as its anticipated usage.
Improper maintenance can lead to various types of elevator accidents and injuries. Maintenance contractors may be held accountable for incidents caused by failing to comply with applicable safety standards and laws, negligent inspections, inadequate maintenance, and lapses in contracted elevator servicing. Regardless of the cause of your accident, the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s battle-tested attorneys are highly skilled at linking elevator accidents to specific acts of negligence on the part of property owners, building managers, and maintenance contractors. Although property owners and maintenance contractors may attempt to conceal any wrongdoings, the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s seasoned team of elevator mishap attorneys will employ our highly specialized experts, accident reconstructionist experts, and engineers to systematically investigate your accident. After determining the cause of your accident, we can hold all liable parties responsible for their negligent and irresponsible actions.
Elevator mishaps are among the most devastating accidents that victims can suffer. These accidents often lead to severe injuries and even wrongful deaths. You may have the right to seek monetary compensation for your past and future medical bills, physical therapy, lost wages from work, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, and reduced earning capacity. 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. Honored with a Better Business Bureau A+ Rating, our outstanding law firm will fight to obtain the best result for your injuries and resulting damages. Our honorable commitment to exceeding your expectations and delivering an excellent outcome sets us apart from the competition. Contact the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s battle-tested team today at 716-839-3939 to find out more about how we can help 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!