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If someone suffers personal injuries as the result of an elevator accident or malfunction, are the building owner, or elevator maintenance company automatically liable as a matter of New York law?

Generally speaking, the answer is no. As noted in our article on this topic, Elevator Accidents and Injuries Under New York Law, the cases where an independent elevator company or the building owner can be automatically deemed responsible for a plaintiff's personal injury damages flowing from an elevator accident are extremely rare.
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