A rare elevator accident in New York City has claimed the life of a young man. Responders were called to a building at 680 Tinton Ave. in the Bronx on July 28th after a young man was discovered trapped between an elevator car and the inside of the elevator shaft. Rescuers arrived on scene but the man, 20 year old Tito Morales, was unconscious and unresponsive. He was carefully extracted but pronounced dead at the scene.
There are very few other details about this tragic Bronx elevator accident but investigators are trying to determine how the man became trapped between floors. The New York housing Authority was originally in charge of the investigation but the organization turned control over to the NYPD.
At least one report from an unnamed law enforcement official said that Morales might have been “elevator surfing.” However, other building residents told reporters that the elevators in the building are a known hazard. In fact, many have complained that the cars move too fast and the doors open and close so quickly that passengers have to “run on.” Another resident said that getting stuck in a broken elevator was commonplace within the building, that residents have repeatedly had to climb out of the top of the elevator and try to extricate themselves.
Faulty elevators are dangerous indeed. In fact, elevator accidents in New York City can be fatal because of the nature of injuries suffered as a result of these accidents. Crushing, limb amputation, and full or partial paralysis can occur, all of which can have devastating effects on victims and their loved ones.
If you or a family member has been injured in an elevator accident in New York City, contact a qualified lawyer immediately. If your injuries were caused by improper maintenance, neglect, or the disregard of building owners, you could be awarded financial compensation for medical or funeral expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for a free consultation at (800) 734-9338 or (212) 385-1122 to learn your rights.