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Woman Wins $221,000 Legal Settlement for Elevator Accident

Elevator accidents can be extremely serious, and almost always call for an immediate lawsuit. In most cases, an elevator accident can be litigated under premises liability. The company or entity that is responsible for the elevator will typically be the people that own the building. In some cases, the elevator manufacturer may also be responsible for a defective elevator. These elevators cause about 27 deaths per year according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. About 10,200 people are injured in elevators per year.

A woman in New York City was able to secure a $221,000 settlement after she was severely injured in an accident involving a defective elevator. The elevator dragged her up seven stories after the elevator doors closed while she was still entering. She was pinned between the strong doors and pulled up through seven stories.

The woman says that she was visiting a patient at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center on Christmas Day when the accident occurred. The victim says that her arm and leg were dangling out of the elevator door as she was pulled up through the elevator shaft. The woman almost bled to death but was rescued and managed to survive the incident. Unfortunately, the accident left her arm and leg severely mutilated and she is now forced to use a wheelchair. The settlement came from the hospital.

If you have been injured in an elevator incident, then you need to seek compensation from the liable party. An experienced lawyer at Greenberg & Stein can assist you with your case. In a city of skyscrapers, there are many elevators in New York City. If you are one of the many Americans each year who are injured by these accidents, then contact an attorney at the firm today!