Update: Manhattan Elevator Accident May Be Due to Technician Error

We have been following the developments regarding a horrifying Manhattan elevator accident that occurred in December in which a woman was killed when an elevator began to rise with the door open, crushing her to death.  The city has been investigating the situation since this incident occurred, and the initial results of that investigation indicate that the safety device on that elevator was disabled by mechanics only minutes before the accident took place.  The safety system would have prevented the elevator car from rising with the door open.  

All of this investigation traces back to a terrible Manhattan elevator accident that occurred on December 14 when a 41-year-old woman was on her way to her job in the building located at 285 Madison Avenue near 40th Street.  As she stepped into the elevator with the door open, the car began to rise before she was all the way inside.  The elevator then crushed the woman to death as it hit the next floor.  The gruesome scene led to this investigation which could be nearing an end.

Building Elevator Accident Statistics

First and foremost, we would like to offer our hope that this investigation does come to a close soon and that it leads to fair and accurate results so that the family of the woman who was killed can achieve some sort of closure regarding this tragedy.  In addition, this fatal Manhattan elevator accident was hardly the first incident in general that has occurred in this building.  City statistics show that the elevators at this property have been cited at least 56 times in the past for a series of problems.

New York Wrongful Death Lawyers

It seems that, based on this developing investigation, that the city has identified who could potentially be responsible for this fatal Manhattan elevator accident.  As a result, these findings could lead to a filing of a New York wrongful death lawsuit against the mechanics and their employer.  If such a lawsuit is filed and it’s successful, the family could recover damages that compensate them for their medical, funeral and burial costs as well as their lost income and their loss of companionship.

If you have lost someone you love in any type of accident, you need to seek the help of New York wrongful death lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of grieving families for more than 40 years.  Contact The Fitzgerald Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.