Most of us don’t give elevators much thought – after all, an
elevator ride is typically a mundane part of a person’s day. A series
of recent accidents, however, has reminded us of how dangerous these machines
can be if they are improperly maintained or designed.
If you’ve been hurt, we can help you recover fair compensation. Call
(607) 229-1885 to hold negligent parties responsible.
The Latest Tragedy
On New Year’s Eve, 25-year-old Stephen Hewett-Brown was killed in
Manhattan while riding an elevator. Another elevator located higher in
the elevator shaft malfunctioned and fell, crushing the elevator he was
riding in. Although Hewett-Brown died a hero, shoving another passenger
out of the way, the history of violations accrued by the building suggest
that he shouldn’t have died at all.
The building underwent a $96 million renovation in 2012, but the elevators
were not touched. The elevator had accrued 10 Department of Building violations
in the last two years alone. The events on New Year’s Eve haunt
the building’s tenants who are now afraid to use the elevator in
their own homes.
A Rash of Recent Accidents
This case is the most recent in an alarming rash of recent elevator-related
accidents. Another man was crushed by an elevator in Williamsburg in October
of 2015, and an electrician was brutally killed on a Carnival cruise ship
just a few days before the incident in Manhattan.
Call (607) 229-1885 To Pursue Justice
These events are harrowing, but elevators are, overwhelmingly, a safe alternative
to the stairs. However, these incidents point to the incredible importance
of regular maintenance and monitoring of these machines. If you or someone
you love has been injured or killed in an elevator accident, contact our
Oneonta personal injury attorneys today to pursue justice. Our award-winning
team stands ready to fight on behalf of you and your family.
Have you been hurt in Oneonta or the surrounding communities? Contact our
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