A tragic elevator accident in Brooklyn has claimed the life of an employee at a grocery store in Flatbush. The 62-year old man was operating a freight elevator while on the basement level when a malfunction occurred. The elevator plummeted down the shaft and crushed him. Rescue crews were able to extricate the victim and rushed him to a nearby hospital but he succumbed to his injuries.
Unfortunately, elevators go without proper maintenance and potential safety hazards develop. In such an event, the building owner, the company who leases the property, building management company and the company in charge of servicing the elevator can be held responsible for a victim’s injuries or the death of an injured individual.
Victims, in order to recover any compensation, must prove liability against the at fault party. It’s not enough to prove that something went wrong. Victims must prove that somebody either neglected to maintain the elevator; did not properly inspect the elevator or neglected to perform the proper repair.
This investigation process always includes reviewing maintenance records, inspection schedules, the elevator’s work history, obtaining witness statements about the accident itself as well as prior problems with the elevator in question and examining the elevator itself. It is essential that an experienced elevator engineer be retained as an expert witness.
That’s why victims should not try to seek compensation on their own. Insurance companies defend these cases vigorously and will retain attorneys and experts experienced in defending these types of cases. That is why if been involved in an elevator accident in New York City, the only way you will get the compensation you deserve for your injuries, lost time from work (past, present and future) is to hire a law firm experienced in these matters.
The experienced New York City elevator accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel can help you get the money you deserve. Contact our legal professionals right now by calling 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation.