A 41-year-old advertising executive was killed in an elevator accident after it rose as she was stepping in and crushed her. According to an ABC News report, the fatal accident occurred in a building between 40th and 41st streets on Madison Avenue in New York City. Officials say the woman was crushed on her way up to her office when the doors closed on her and pulled her upward into the shaft. The two occupants of the elevator, a 36-year-old woman and a man, were not injured. The cause of this fatal elevator accident has not been determined.
According to The Department of Buildings, the elevator was last inspected on June 16, 2011. The report also shows that the building has a history of violations including 56 violations since 2001, which were resolved.
ConsumerWatch.com has stated that approximately 27 people are killed each year in elevator accidents in the United States. Any time someone is killed in an elevator accident, it must be determined if there was a product defect or some type of mechanical malfunction that caused it. Was the building up to code? Was the elevator properly maintained and serviced? What could have prevented the accident?
In cases involving negligence, the building owner or management company can be held liable for the injuries suffered in the accident. To receive compensation for a New Jersey premises liability case, an experience attorney can help an injured victim or a deceased victim’s family hold the at-fault party accountable for their losses.
The skilled New Jersey elevator accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a proven track record of handling premises liability claims including elevator and escalator accidents and slip-and-fall accidents. If you or a loved one has been hurt on someone else’s property, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.