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Elevator & Escalator Accidents

Pursuing Compensation for Elevator and Escalator Accidents in New Jersey

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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.

Common causes of elevator accidents

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:

  • The elevator stops between floors
  • The elevator drops or rises suddenly
  • The elevator cable breaks
  • The elevator doors fail to close before the elevator moves
  • A large gap exists between the elevator car and the shaft
  • The elevator sensor does not detect a human body part before closing on the person’s hand, arm, leg, foot or torso
  • An elevator maintenance worker forgets to reengage the apparatus’s door safety switch following repairs

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.

Common escalator accidents

Escalators present serious potential hazards — especially to kids, elderly or frail individuals. Crush injuries, amputations and falls occur because:

  • The escalator quickly accelerates
  • The escalator speed is set too fast
  • A large gap exists between escalator steps and the floor
  • The rail of the escalator is too low
  • The angle of the escalator is too steep
  • The escalator is unreasonably long and high
  • The side of the escalator is open, increasing the risk of falls from height

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.

Consult our experienced attorneys about injuries suffered in escalator or elevator accidents

For more information about escalator and elevator accidents, call a lawyer at Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 862-263-0770 or contact the firm online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. For your convenience, we have offices in Elmwood Park, Bridgewater, Hackensack, Morristown, and Roseland, with Spanish-speaking translators available by request.

  • In 2022, a year in which New Jersey courts were basically closed for trials, our firm still settled almost 100 cases for in excess of 8 million dollars.
  • Discuss the firm's 2022 settlements.
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Our Offices
  • Elmwood Park Office
    One Broadway
    Elmwood Park, New Jersey 07470
    Phone: 862-263-0770
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Hackensack Office
    401 Hackensack Ave
    Suite 706
    Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
    Phone: 201-488-3366
  • Morristown Office
    19 Cattano Ave.
    Morristown, New Jersey 07960
    Phone: 973-922-3900
  • Roseland Office
    425 Eagle Rock Ave
    Suite 100
    Roseland, New Jersey 07068
    Phone: 973-274-5200
  • Bridgewater Office
    440 Route 22 E
    Suite 170
    Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807
    Phone: 908-927-0200