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New York elevator accident may have been caused by repairs

Albany residents may remember the tragic elevator accident that took a Manhattan woman's life in December, but new information is emerging about the tragic set of events that took her life. What may have originally just seemed like a dangerous safety issue may actually have been the result of faulty elevator repair work on the elevator right before the accident. The New York City Buildings Department commissioner is continuing to look into the accident, but he believes that the repair work is the contributing cause of the accident, according to NBC New York 4.

According to reports, the woman had put one foot in the elevator when it suddenly moved up and dragged her along with it. The elevator was old and part of an 85-year-old building in Manhattan. During its most previous inspection, there were 14 open violations of the building code that specifically related to the elevators in the building, indicating that the owner did little to maintain the building or ensure the occupants' safety.

Property owners are inherently responsible for the safety of the people who use their buildings or are on their land. You assume that building owners are going to comply with the building codes and that any dangerous conditions will be made known to you, but when they are not you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit against the owner. While you are recovering from an injury, your unsafe premises lawyer can investigate the owner's liability and whether or not he or she was hiding up the dangerous condition.

Tragically, this woman's death came after her employer had already committed to moving to a new location. While the woman had used the same elevators for the past four years, it was one faulty repair job and one dangerous property issue that left the woman crushed between the elevator and the wall of the elevator shaft.

Source: NBC New York 4, "Repair Work May Be Cause of Deadly Elevator Accident," Jan. 24, 2012

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