Laundry worker suffers broken ankle in mishap
A service elevator dropped two floors at a Midtown New York hotel in late December, injuring one worker. The man, an employee of a laundry company, suffered a broken ankle.
The elevator fell from the main floor to a sub-basement while he was moving a linen bin.
The cause of the accident is unknown. Most modern elevators are equipped with multiple safety systems to prevent a car from falling.
Elevator accidents happen, but rarely
Elevator accidents are rare, but when they do occur they can result in serious injuries and, sometimes, death. Proper maintenance and inspection can prevent many elevator accidents from happening. In the event of an accident, the causes are typically due to cost-cutting, poor maintenance, or malfunctions.
A sudden drop is one of the most common causes of injuries in elevator
accidents. Other scenarios that lead to injuries are:
• Trapped clothing or body parts
• Improperly leveled elevators
• Poor maintenance
• An open outside elevator door when the elevator is between floors
• Shocks caused by a faulty electrical system
• Doors that have closed on a person
Liability in an elevator accident injury claim
Defective, malfunctioning and/or poorly maintained elevators can cause accidents with injuries and deaths. Property managers, building owners, elevator maintenance companies and elevator manufacturers can be held liable for the injuries suffered by elevator accident victims.
Property owners or building managers are required to properly maintain elevators, as required by law. If the cause of the accident is found to be negligence of this responsibility, the owner and/or manager may be liable for injuries victims sustain during elevator accidents. Owners and managers are also required to implement emergency plans for elevator emergencies and train their employees, as well. If they don’t, they can be sued. For a claim to be successful, it is critical to determine whether or not the property owner or manager was negligent.
The elevator service company can be held liable for elevators that are not maintained or are flawed. They can also be held responsible for faulty repair work, upkeep and maintenance, and for not keeping maintenance records up to date.
Negligence that can be attributed to the manufacturer can include insufficient testing and inspecting for defects, elevator design flaws, failure to follow laws regarding elevators, and failure to warn of risks and hazards related to the elevator.
Elevator accident lawsuits require an understanding of how the interlinking hardware and control devices of elevators interrelate. Knowledge of changes in technology and written industry standards is also important.