Each year, thousands of people are injured in elevator accidents across the country. If you’ve been injured in a crash, you need to contact a trusted attorney. You’ll want a law firm capable of reviewing your case and dedicating time and resources to your cause. Like most accidents, you typically have a limited time to file a lawsuit and obtain damages. It’s time to act!
Causes of Elevator Accidents
Believe it or not, elevator accidents are more common than most think. There are tens of thousands of disasters across the country, involving individuals moving goods or simple transport. It does not matter if it’s a freight elevator or one transporting people in an office; we all expect elevators to work correctly.
Some common causes of elevator accidents include:
- Doors malfunctioning
- Improper leveling
- Abrupt stops
These accidents often lead to head injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, broken limbs and amputated limbs or digits. Injuries are all too common in elevator accidents, as there is no buffer when a fall or abrupt stop occurs.
Your Legal Rights
When injured in an elevator accident, you have a right to compensation for your injuries. Typically, an elevator accident is due to negligence, which means injured parties may be compensated for their pain and suffering, too.
Most personal injury cases never reach the trial stage. They are generally settled outside of a courtroom. However, as the injured party, you have a few duties to consider:
- You must show the elevator was on someone’s property and that individual owed you a duty to relative safety and security.
- You must prove that individual breached their duty and caused you harm by neglecting repair or maintenance on the elevator in question.
- You need to show how you were injured. Keeping medical bills and statements on how the injury impacted you will help.