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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

NYCHA Tenant Killed by Mislevelled Elevator that NYCHA Knew was Faulty

On Christmas Eve, Olegario Pabon tripped over a mislevelled elevator in his apartment building. Instead of stopping flush to the floor, the elevator wasn't level and Mr. Pabon tripped over the lip. He fell and hit his head. He crawled from the elevator to an apartment of another tenant, who called 911. The next day, Christmas Day, Mr. Pabon died.

Now it has become apparent that less than two hours before Mr. Pabon died, NYCHA had been warned that the elevator was behaving erratically. The Department of Investigation "uncovered significant flaws in NYCHA's handling of elevator complaints, as well as NYCHA's compliance with elevator safety laws." Horribly, a fail-safe device, called a brake monitor, had been deliberatly disabled. This monitor could have saved Mr. Pabon's life. Brake monitor problems were found in many NYCHA buildings.

If you, or a loved one, has been hurt or killed by an elevator mislevelling in a NYCHA building, call the experienced elevator lawyers at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty at (212) 425-0230 or at for a free consultation.

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