New York Personal Injury Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Comments on Repairman Charged in 2010 New York Elevator Accident

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New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman comments on the grand jury indictment of an elevator repairman after a woman was severely injured at a Brooklyn hospital. Prosecutors said the elevator maintenance worker disabled a safety switch that would prevent the elevator from moving with its doors open. The New York personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm have handled a number of elevator accident cases over the past 30 years.

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Elevator accidents are known to cause serious personal injuries or deaths as a result of defects or malfunction.

A grand jury indicted Jason Jordan, an elevator repairman, on criminal charges for a hospital elevator accident in New York that crushed a woman’s leg and arm, according to The New York Times (12/15/2011).

Looking for a “shortcut,” Jordan had disabled a safety switch that would have prevented the elevator from moving with its doors open, said Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.

“Elevator accidents in New York are known to cause serious personal injuries or deaths as a result of defects or malfunction, said New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman, a New York personal injury lawyer for over 30 years. “Elevator workers must use the highest care in servicing, inspecting and maintaining equipment and do all that can be done to avoid harm to passengers.”

As a result of the New York elevator accident at the Brooklyn hospital, a 47-year-old woman was dragged up seven floors.

According to the New York Post (12/15/2011), the woman had just gotten onto the elevator at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn when it began moving quickly upward before the doors had closed. The elevator ascended seven flights with the woman’s arm and leg trapped in the space between the elevator car and the elevator shaft in the New York elevator accident.
The indictment says that Jordan compounded the error by not posting any signs warning that the elevator was out of service, and not having someone standing by to make sure no one got on, according to CBS New York (12/15/2011).

Jordan is charged with assault and reckless endangerment, reported CBS.

The Department of Buildings said last year there were 53 elevator accidents reported out of more than 60,000 working elevators throughout the city, said the WSJ.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a New York elevator accident or personal injury accident in the workplace, please contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm at

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, the New York elevator accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, and personal injury accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases including age and disability discrimination. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, is a Board Director and the past Secretary and Treasurer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law Committee. Mr. Perecman's achievements have brought him recognition 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 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, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice****.

The Perecman Firm serves 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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