What Should I Know About Being Injured in an Elevator Accident?

If you have been injured in an elevator accident due to negligence, you are likely eligible to recover compensation by filing a personal injury claim. To learn more about taking legal action for your damages after an elevator accident, read on. For help with your upcoming claim, give our experienced New York personal injury attorney a call. Our legal team would be happy to assist you. Here are some questions you may have about elevator accidents in New York:

What are the most common causes of elevator accidents?

The most common causes of elevator accidents are as follows:

  • Abrupt stops
  • Drive malfunction
  • Improper installations
  • Negligent elevator design
  • Mechanical breakdown
  • Faulty wiring
  • Pully system malfunction
  • Door operator errors
  • Power failures

What are the most common injuries sustained in elevator accidents?

The following injuries can be sustained in an elevator accident that may impact your future:

  • Head trauma
  • Crush injuries
  • Severed limbs
  • Broken bones
  • Wrongful death
  • Back injuries
  • Cuts and bruise
  • Neck injuries

What should I do after being injured in an elevator accident?

Consider taking the following steps after an elevator accident to increase your chances of filing a successful personal injury claim in the future:

  1. Call the police. They will document the accident by conducting a police report. They will also bring medical assistance to the scene.
  2. While you wait for the ambulance, if you can, photograph the scene of the accident and your injuries.
  3. Collect any witnesses’ contact information including their name, phone number, and email address.
  4. Once the ambulance arrives, seek immediate medical attention.
  5. Collect all medical documents related to your treatment.
  6. Reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you require to heal.

What is the statute of limitations for a personal injury elevator accident claim in New York?

In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally three years. This means that you will have three years from the date of your elevator accident to bring attention to your personal injury claim. It is best to file your claim as soon as you can. This is because if you fail to file your claim within this timeframe, you could risk being permanently time-barred from taking legal action. To get started with our firm today, give our legal team a call.


At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice and personal injury claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of negligence. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award.聽Contact our firm today.