Generally, people never think they will be injured when they come aboard an elevator. However, the unfortunate truth is that elevator accidents happen every day, and when they do, the outcome is very often out of the passengers’ control. This is why if you have been injured in an elevator accident, there is a very good chance you are seeking financial compensation. If you have been involved in an elevator accident, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the primary causes of elevator accidents?
Several factors contribute to elevator accidents; some accidents are due to manufacturer negligence, and others are centered more on premises liability. Some of the most common causes of elevator accidents are as follows:
- Abrupt stops
- Pully system malfunction
- Negligent elevator design
- Power failures
- Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
- Door operator errors
- Mechanical breakdowns
- Control system malfunction
- Drive malfunction
- Improper installations
- Faulty wiring
What are the most common injuries sustained in elevator accidents?
Under most circumstances, elevator accidents are unpredictable and oftentimes happen suddenly. Because these accidents are nearly impossible to brace for, they very often result in severe injuries. Some injuries that have warranted financial compensation in the past include, but are not limited to:
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Severed limbs
- Cuts and bruises
- Crush injuries
- Back injuries
- Head trauma
- Wrongful death
How do I know who is responsible for the injuries I have sustained?
As stated earlier, you may have a valid product liability, or a premises liability personal injury claim, depending on the circumstances. For example, if you were injured because of a defective elevator part or negligent elevator design, your injuries may be due to negligence on the designer or manufacturer’s part. However, if you were injured because the property owner was notified of a potentially hazardous situation and failed to investigate or fix the issue, you may also be entitled to financial compensation.
What can I do to help recover financial compensation?
As stated above, to recover compensation, you must first prove another party’s negligence is responsible for the injuries you have sustained. In addition to hiring an attorney, you may use medical documentation, witness testimony, police reports, security camera footage of your accident, photos of the safety hazard, and more as evidence in proving your claim. Do not rely on insurance companies to look after your best interest. Do yourself a favor and hire an experienced personal injury attorney who will tenaciously fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented clients who have been injured throughout the state of Maryland due to the negligence of another party for nearly 30 years. If you require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.