Elevators can be dangerous to older adults who often have mobility, vision or balance issues.
New York, New York (PRWEB) January 04, 2013
New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, is questioning how an 84-year old man became pinned between floors by an elevator in Harlem. The man got trapped inside the apartment building elevator with his feet sticking out, reported NBC News.
The man was critically injured in the elevator accident that left him between the first and second floors, said NBC News. A neighbor said the elevator started going up before the doors fully closed.
“Elevators can be dangerous to older adults who often have mobility, vision or balance issues,” said Perecman. “Many of their elevator-related injuries are the result of a slip or a fall, or a result of the elevator door closing on them. Safety is critical, especially in a building that is home to many elderly and disabled individuals.”
The accident occurred in the New York City Housing Authority-run building on 105th Street. According to NBC News, building residents said the elevators, including the one that hurt the man, had a history of problems.
“The question now, is how did this happen? Did the elevator door close too quickly? Was the man trapped by a door in “nudging mode, when doors close at a reduced speed without regard for anything in their way? Were the sensors working correctly?” said Perecman.
According to WebMD, research shows that more than 2,600 older adults end up in the emergency room each year as a result of an elevator-related injury.
Elevator accidents require experienced lawyers with the knowledge and resources necessary to handle the complexities of this type of case,” said David Perecman, who has represented clients injured in elevator accidents throughout New York who have been
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a New York elevator accident or personal injury accident, please contact the The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of personal injury cases in New York, including elevator accidents. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
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