Elevator Accidents in Maryland | What You Need to Know

While elevator accidents are not nearly as common as, say, car accidents, the truth is, serious accidents can occur anyplace, anytime, and elevators are no exceptions. If you are someone who was recently injured due to a malfunctioning elevator, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your injuries. Our firm is here to help you through every step of the claims process ahead. Please continue reading and speak with our Maryland personal injury attorneys to learn more about elevator accidents and how we can fight for the compensation you need to heal.

What causes most elevator accidents?

Elevators are complex machines, composed of many different parts, so a wide variety of things can go wrong and cause an accident. However, some of the most common causes of elevator accidents are as follows:

  • Mechanical breakdowns
  • Control system malfunctions
  • Pully system malfunctions
  • Negligent elevator design
  • Negligently manufactured elevators
  • Neglecting to properly maintain equipment
  • Door operator errors
  • Faulty wiring
  • Abrupt stops

Who is the liable party in an elevator accident?

When it comes to elevator accidents, assessing the liable party can be challenging, which is why if you have been injured in one, you must retain the services of an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can analyze the circumstances of your accident, gather critical evidence, and determine the liable party on your behalf. In certain cases, if our firm determines that the accident was caused either by a negligent product manufacturer or designer, we will file a product liability lawsuit. That being said, in other cases, if we can prove that the property owner/landlord knew or should have known about the unsafe conditions and failed to take action to fix them, injuring you and causing you to sustain significant damages as a result, we will most likely file a premises liability claim.

How long will I have to sue someone for an injury in the state of Maryland?

After sustaining an injury in Maryland, you must ensure that you do not put off filing your claim. There is a statute of limitations in place that regulates the amount of time all those who have been wrongly injured will have to file their personal injury claims. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is, generally, three years, which means that in most cases, you will have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the party responsible.


The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented injured clients throughout the state of Maryland for almost 30 years. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.

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