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Elevators can be found in almost any multi-story building. We use elevators in schools, office buildings, apartments, and more. Because elevators are such a staple of our everyday lives, we don’t think twice about using them. Unfortunately, elevators may be more dangerous than you realize. When elevator accidents occur, they can result in serious injuries. Read on to learn more about elevator accidents in New Jersey and what to do in the event that an injury occurs.

How Do Elevator Accidents Occur?

When all parts of an elevator are not working properly, serious accidents can occur. Many of these accidents are due to:

  • Improper installations
  • Faulty wiring
  • Control system malfunction
  • Drive malfunction
  • Abrupt stops
  • Pully system malfunction
  • Negligent elevator design
  • Power failures
  • Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
  • Door operator errors
  • Mechanical breakdowns

What Injuries Occur as a Result?

Some of the most common injuries sustained include: 

  • Crush injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Wrongful death
  • Severed limbs
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Head trauma
  • Neck injuries

Can I Recover Compensation?

If you were injured due to a negligent elevator design, or due to a manufacturer defect, you will most likely file a product liability lawsuit. However, if you were injured because a property owner failed to keep his or her premises up-to-date and hazard-free, you may file a premises liability lawsuit. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to do so, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred. Be sure to take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Additionally, make sure you seek medical attention. Visiting the hospital will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. 

If you or a loved one has been injured due to another party’s negligence, contact our firm right away to speak with an experienced attorney.


Here at McNerney & McAuliffe, we understand how confusing certain legal matters can be, which is why we are here to provide clients from all walks of life with the experienced, compassionate legal guidance they need. If you require the legal assistance of an attorney to help you through a criminal law matter, personal injury matter, family law matter, or otherwise, you can turn to us. Contact McNerney & McAuliffe today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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