Elevator accidents occur more often than one might think. Defective design or maintenance is the most common reasons of elevator accident. However, faulty wiring, lack of proper installation and neglect also cause elevator accidents. The owner or operator of an elevator is required to exercise care to prevent injuries to persons riding an elevator. Property owners are required under the law to warn potential occupants of any known hazards.
COMMON ELEVATOR ACCIDENTS
- Elevator does not open level with the floor
- Elevator gets stuck
- Closing door hits someone
- An individual trips on an uneven surface due to misleveled elevator floor
- Elevator suddenly speeds up or slows down
Elevator accidents can cause a multitude of injuries including:
- Torn Tendons
- Nerve Damage
- Fractured Bones
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Brain Damage
When a person is injured in an elevator accident, he/she may file a claim against the:
- Owner of the building
- Manufacturer of the elevator
- Maintenance Contractor
Elevator accidents fall under the category of premises liability. This means that property owners, managers, manufacturers or maintenance workers owe a duty to the public that the premises is safe.
Monetary compensation can be sought due to elevator accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in an elevator accident, you can be compensated for:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Spousal or Parental Relationships
Contact the Law Offices of Randy C. Botwinick for a free and immediate consultation.