Earlier this month malfunctioning equipment at a Coney Island Apartment building resulted in a devastating tragedy. A 6 month-old baby suffered fatal injuries when she fell some 23 stories into an elevator shaft. According to officials the baby was being pushed in a stroller, when the doors to the elevator opened the woman pushing the baby had no idea the elevator wasn’t actually there.
The building where the incident occurred has 64 documented open violations and 5 open complaints within the Department of Buildings. Had the owners of the building addressed and corrected safety violations it is likely the young victim would still be alive and well.
According the Center for Disease control elevator and escalator accidents result in roughly 30 deaths and 17,000 injuries each year in the U.S. alone. A significant percentage of the deaths occur due to falls into the shaft.
If unsafe conditions in your apartment building result in injury or death contact us today. You may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. For more information regarding premises liability cases click here.