For the majority of elevator-users, they are primarily a mundane aspect of their life; merely something they get on and get off. This is why when an accident occurs, passengers are very often taken by surprise. Elevator accidents are very often sudden and severe, so if you are injured, there is no surprise you may be looking into financial compensation. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most frequent causes of elevator accidents?
Elevators can be caused by any number of reasons, some of which include:
- Door operator errors
- Mechanical breakdown
- Control system malfunction
- Abrupt stops
- Pully system malfunction
- Negligent elevator design
- Power failures
- Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
- Drive malfunction
- Improper installations
- Faulty wiring
What are the most common injuries sustained in elevator accidents?
Several elevator accident injuries have recovered financial compensation in the past, including, though not limited to:
- Cuts and bruises
- Crush injuries
- Back injuries
- Severed limbs
- Head trauma
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
How do I recover compensation following a New Jersey elevator accident?
To recover compensation, you must first hire an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury process. Generally, the most important thing in a personal injury claim is proving you were injured due to another party’s negligence. An attorney will first have to determine whether you have a premises or a product liability claim. One he or she has done so, you will then have to begin collecting evidence to prove your claim.
How do I prove I was injured due to another party’s negligence?
You and your attorney will work together you recover security camera footage, medical documentation regarding your injuries, witness statements, pictures of the hazard that caused your injuries, and more. Additionally, once you have filed your claim, you should keep in mind that you must be very careful about what you post on social media. Insurance companies may be monitoring your accounts to see if you post anything that may contradict your claim. If you do, they can use it against you as evidence to deny you of the compensation you need. Do not let the insurance companies take advantage of you. The compensation you recover may help you pay for the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt because of the negligence of another party. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, contact our firm today.