A tragic elevator accident in New York City has claimed the life of a 30-year old man. The tragedy occurred on August 22nd at a high-rise building in Manhattan when the man somehow became pinned between the car and the shaft. Details are still being uncovered by investigators but a NYPD spokesperson told media outlets that it appeared as if the man was stepping out of the elevator car on the first floor of the building when the lift suddenly plunged to the bottom of the shaft in the building’s basement.
Multiple agencies will likely be looking into the details surrounding this preventable elevator accident in Manhattan to discover if a material defect, improper maintenance, negligence or untimely inspections played any part in this tragedy.
While elevators are, statistically, the safest method of transportation in New York City, there has been an alarming number of fatal and near-fatal accident s in the city in recent years. Some safety experts point to the massive number of commercial and private lift systems in the city and say that it’s impossible for each and every one to be inspected and maintained as well as it should be. Others point out that some of these elevator systems are decades old and in need of desperate repair and replacement.
Similar elevator accident investigations in New York have uncovered histories of ignored complaints, untimely inspections, shoddy repairs, and neglect on the part of building owners and elevator maintenance contractors. In such cases, victims (or their surviving family members) may hold property owners, building managers and/or elevator maintenance companies financially responsible for pain and suffering, lost time from work (into the future), unpaid medical and other out-of-pocket expenses.
If you or a family member has been injured, you need to speak with an expert elevator accident attorney in New York City today to safeguard your right to compensation. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for a free consultation right now.