New York is home to some of the nation’s tallest buildings. To help visitors, employees or customers get around easier, most tall buildings in the state feature elevators. Many assume these carriages are safe for use, but in some cases, they present injury risks to those who rely on them. While injured victims may have grounds to pursue a premises liability claim,
For example, if the hoist cable responsible for raising an elevator car is worn or defective, the elevator could fall and injure or kill its occupants. In another example, if the doors on an elevator contain defects, they could open or close unexpectedly and injure passengers. Specifically, a passenger could attempt to step out of the car not realizing it is between floors and suffer broken bones or more severe harm. Defective doors could also close while passengers exit resulting in possible crush injuries.
In New York City, the Department of Buildings (DOB) staffs only about 48 inspectors to address the city’s numerous elevators. In a recent audit involving nine buildings and 12 elevators in the region, DOB inspectors found many safety concerns. They also discovered that some of the private inspections conducted on the audited structures were falsified.
This means that at least some of the buildings you visit in the city may not be safe for consumer or employee use. If you or a family member has suffered an injury while riding in an elevator, consider taking your case to a premises liability lawyer. A proper investigation led by the legal team may reveal that the elevator contained reparable defects, which could increase your odds of acquiring compensation for the injuries you have suffered.