New Yorkers ride elevators in high-rise buildings every day. While it’s a terrifying thought to imagine an elevator malfunction, about 10,200 people are injured in elevator accidents each year.

There are about 60,000 elevators in New York City located within commercial, retail, or residential properties, according to the NYC Department of Buildings.


Most elevator accidents happen due to carriage misalignment with floors and elevator door malfunctions. Accidents have also happened when parts are not properly tested or installed.

Improper repairs, a lack of maintenance, or under-performed inspections can also all lead to elevator malfunctions.


Elevator malfunctions that could result in injury may include:

  • Doors opening or closing at the wrong time
  • Elevators rising too quickly
  • Elevators stopping too sharply
  • Open shafts
  • Electrocution by faulty wiring


Injuries that are caused by elevator incidents could be severe, including:

  • Neck injuries, such as whiplash
  • Brain injuries
  • Back injuries
  • A broken or sprain leg
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Nerve damage

Who pays?

Defendants in a personal injury case over an elevator accident could potentially include the:

  • Building owner
  • Manufacturer
  • Maintenance crew

If you are injured by an elevator malfunction, seek medical attention immediately. Contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options for the injuries you suffered.