Millions of New Yorkers use elevators and escalators on a daily basis to get to the office, travel through a shopping center, or move through multi-floor buildings. Most times, the conveyors we use operate properly and deliver us safely to our destination. When they malfunction, however, the results can be catastrophic and even life-threatening.

Elevator accidents can be caused by any of the following:

  • Substandard design and maintenance
  • Door malfunctions
  • Sudden drops
  • Defective safety gear

Escalators can injure people when incidents like those below occur without warning:

  • Abrupt and sudden stops
  • Jerking motions that throw riders off balance
  • Equipment malfunctions

Although we all know that high-powered conveying equipment such as elevators and escalators can be dangerous, not everyone is aware that they are a leading cause of injury and death, especially for young children. The National Institute of Health figures estimate that escalator accidents alone account for about 10,000 trips to the emergency room every year.

The workers and tradespeople who install, maintain and repair these mechanisms are also susceptible to serious injury due to accidents such as:

  • Falls into the elevator shaft
  • Collapsing elevator platforms
  • Being caught in moving machinery
  • Being struck by counterweights or elevators

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of fatal accidents for elevator repairmen and installers is double the amount for construction workers.

Determining who is responsible

Elevator and escalator accidents can be caused by negligence on the part of the building or property owner, service and maintenance company, inspection company, and even the equipment manufacturer.

Although these complex mechanisms must be installed, serviced, and maintained by accredited professionals, too many property managers attempt to save money by hiring a less expensive all-purpose repairman to keep them serviced and in shape. In other instances, inspectors hurry through their jobs or manufacturers sell their product without subjecting it to rigorous testing first.

Such irresponsible and negligent behavior has no justification, and if you or a loved one have been injured by a poorly designed or maintained elevator or escalator, then you have the right to seek compensation for what could have been a preventable accident.

  • Current and future medical bills
  • Current and future pain and suffering
  • Current and future lost wages
  • Limited earning potential

A New York personal injury attorney with experience in representing victims of elevator and escalator mishaps will have the special training and insights needed to understand the cause of the accident, determine who is to blame, and present a strong and persuasive case on your behalf. When you are badly injured and trying to recover, an attorney who advocates for you and treats your case with the seriousness and dedicated attention that it deserves is exactly what you need to get the settlement you deserve.

If you were injured on an elevator or escalator in a building, then you should seek immediate medical care and then speak to a qualified personal injury attorney. Jayson Lutzky has over 33 years of legal experience and has represented many highly satisfied clients in personal injury cases. He has helped recover millions for his clients over the years. Call 718-514-6619 to set up a free in-person consultation. Visit for more information. Se habla español.