You likely rely on escalators and elevators almost daily at your home, your office or in businesses, shopping centers and entertainment complexes throughout New Jersey. Although elevator and escalator accidents are rare, the resulting injuries are often devastating. Because of the potential for catastrophic injuries, New Jersey requires regular inspections and basic maintenance of the equipment by licensed companies. The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Elevator Safety Unit registers all elevator equipment and administers regulations.
Founded in 1950, Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC has the experience to litigate complex personal injury claims. We demand that the people and corporations responsible for your accident pay you maximum damages for physical injuries, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, lost income, diminished future earning capacity, medical bills and anticipated treatments. Depending on your individual circumstances, our lawyers may file a lawsuit against the property owner, the service company or the elevator or escalator manufacturer.
An elevator accident can cause serious injuries — such as head trauma, spinal cord damage, broken bones, contusions, amputations and crush injuries. Often these severe injuries are fatal. Common elevator malfunctions include:
These problems typically occur because the building manager or owner did not adequately maintain the equipment, the elevator service company did not complete their annual reviews or botched needed repairs or the building code department failed to detect noncompliance with regulations.
Escalators present serious potential hazards — especially to kids, elderly or frail individuals. Crush injuries, amputations and falls occur because:
At Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC, you meet with a team of lawyers and legal professionals who assist you throughout your case. We strive to obtain compensation quickly through settlement options. When a settlement proves impossible, we litigate aggressively on your behalf.
For more information about escalator and elevator accidents, call a lawyer at Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 973-366-3900 or contact the firm online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. We have offices in Elmwood Park, Dover, Mendham and Newton, and serve clients throughout New Jersey.