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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. We have offices in Elmwood Park, Dover, Mendham and Newton, and serve clients throughout New Jersey.

VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS
  • In 2018, we settled or won, at arbitration/mediation/trial, just over 100 personal injury cases. In total, our clients recovered just under 9 million dollars. In the last 5 years, we have settled/won over 600 personal injury cases and our clients have recovered almost 50 million dollars.
  • In the last 5 years, our firm has resolved over 300 workers compensation cases for in excess of 3 million dollars. During that same time period, our social security clients have prevailed in almost 85% of their appeals.
  • Results may vary depeding on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
Our Offices
  • Dover Office
    77 Union Street, Suite 2A
    Corner of Rt. 46 and Union Street
    Dover, New Jersey 07801
    Phone: 973-366-3900
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Newton Office
    93 Spring Street
    Suite 406
    Newton, New Jersey 07860
    Phone: 973-512-2207
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Elmwood Park Office
    One Broadway
    Suite 304
    Elmwood Park, New Jersey 07470
    Phone: 201-794-3131
    Fax: 201-794-0812
  • Bernardsville Office
    150 Morristown Road
    Suite 103
    Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924
    Phone: 862-263-0770
    Fax: 973-813-3360