Elevator accidents are rare, but can be catastrophic or even fatal when they do occur. It is the duty and responsibility of property owners and property managers to properly maintain their elevators so they are safe for people to use. Unfortunately, it is common for negligent property owners to put visitors and their own residents in danger by failing to properly and diligently maintain their elevators.
Any time a New Jersey elevator accident occurs, there are a number of questions that must be asked. Did the accident involve a mechanical failure that could have been prevented through proper maintenance? Was the property owner notified about safety issues concerning the elevator? Were there signs of a malfunction that went ignored? Did the property manager fail to warn visitors of a malfunctioning elevator that needed repair?
In cases where property owner negligence is involved, injured victims can file a premises liability claim to receive compensation for losses such hospital bills, lost wages, and medical expenses. Proving negligence is critical for a successful premises liability claim. An experienced premises liability lawyer will be able to examine maintenance records and interview both workers and property managers in order to prove fault and negligence.
The knowledgeable Princeton personal injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have years of experience successfully handling premises liability claims, particularly elevator accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in an elevator accident caused by a negligent property owner, property manager, or superintendent, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation.