A man was left seriously injured after a terrifying elevator accident in Manhattan in June of last year. The victim, a 46-year-old employee at the parking garage in which the accident occurred, was on the job at around 8:30 on the morning of June 11th when he somehow became “caught up” in between floors while operating the elevator.
NYFD arrived to find him pinned from the waist down. To make matters worse, there was a vehicle resting partially on top of the elevator car at the time. Responders were able to extricate the man by cutting away a portion of the elevator and lowering him by hand to the ground floor.
EMS crews rushed the victim to a nearby hospital. He was, apparently suffering from a leg injury and is still recovering from his injuries.
The man was fortunate in that his injuries were not immediately life-threatening. Similar elevator accidents in New York City have resulted in amputations and fatal crushing incidents. As this was a workplace injury, presumably, there will investigations by the Department of Buildings and OSHA. If it is discovered that proper safety procedures were not followed during loading or operation of the elevator, or that the elevator was unsafe to use due to improper maintenance, the owner and operators of the building and parking garage will have to answer.
Regardless, the injured individual can seek compensation from any party deemed at fault for the accident or contributing to the accident. An injured party in such an accident can seek to recover compensation for pain and suffering for the injuries incurred in the accident, unpaid medical and health related expenses and lost wages for the time out of work which many times can stretch well into the future.
If you’ve been injured in a commercial, residential, or industrial elevator, you need an experienced elevator accident lawyer in New York City working for you.