Everybody uses elevators, at least from time to time. Chances are, you have nothing to worry about. However, if you have been involved in an elevator accident, you are most likely seriously injured and are now seeking financial compensation. Please read on and speak with our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help.
How do elevator accidents happen?
Elevators require proper designs, manufacturing, installations, and maintenance to function as they should over a long period of time. Unfortunately, these steps are not always taken, and accidents occur as a result. Some of the most common causes of elevator accidents include abrupt stops, mechanical breakdowns, driver malfunctions, defective wiring, pully malfunctions, and more.
Will I qualify for compensation after being injured in an accident?
To qualify for financial compensation, you will need to hire an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury claims process. First, your attorney must determine the responsible party. For example, if a property owner or landlord knew, or should have reasonably known about a safety hazard present, failed to take action to fix it, and an accident occurred as a result, you will most likely file a premises liability lawsuit.
However, you should understand that oftentimes, the owner of the property is not the truly responsible party, for if the elevator was inadequately manufactured or designed, you may actually have valid grounds for a product liability lawsuit. Once your attorney determines the party responsible for your injuries, he will then begin to collect and present various forms of evidence to prove your claim. This can include pictures or videos of the accident, medical documents, police reports, witness statements verifying your claim, and more.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in New Jersey?
Every state has a statute of limitations in place when it comes to personal injury lawsuits. The statute of limitations in New Jersey is two years, so you will have two years from the date of your accident to file a premises or product liability lawsuit. If you wait past the two-year mark, however, you will most likely be denied your right to the compensation you truly need. Do not let this happen. Our firm is here to help you.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
When someone is injured due to another party’s negligence, it is only right that they receive the justice they deserve. As a victim, your only job is to call us, and we will take it from there. Please, do yourself a favor and do not wait. If you or someone you know was injured in an accident and is seeking financial compensation, contact the legal team at McNerny & McAuliffe today.