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Friday, October 2, 2015

Elevator Horror: Man Trapped Between Elevator and Lobby, Killed

This morning, another horrible accident that could only be the result of a building owner's or elevator operator's negligence occurred: a man was trapped between an elevator and the lobby of his apartment building and killed. He and his roommate lived in The Espoir building in Williamsburg, on Hope Street near Union Avenue. As the elevator went down, the elevator's doors never closed.  When he tried to jump out of the elevator, it suddenly shot upwards, trapping his body inside the elevator and his head outside the elevator. Worst of all, he wasn't killed immediately: his roommate, who was with him as he died, reported that she actually felt his pulse slow and stop nearly a minute after the accident occurred.

Deaths by elevator accidents in the city are rare, but they do happen. In 2011, an advertising executive named Suzanne Hart was killed by an elevator that suddenly shot up; the Department of Buildings later learned that workers for Transel bypassed a door safety circuit with a jumper cable and allowed people to use that elevator.

Elevator accidents are uncommon, but they can sometimes cause terribly and long-lasting injuries. Whether it's as minor as misleveling or as major as catching people as they enter or exit, anyone who is the victim of an elevator accident should call an experienced trial lawyer to discuss their rights or possible claims. It should be noted that courts in New York consider misleveling elevators and some other elevator accidents to be so extreme that any injury that comes from such accidents must be the elevator's fault, under the theory of res ipsa loquitur. The attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty are available at (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.com to discuss with you potential claims you may have if you are injured by an elevator.


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