We find ourselves in elevators often. Because they are such a staple of our everyday lives, we don’t often consider the dangers. When elevator accidents occur, the consequences can life-altering. As a result, it is important to know what to do in the event that an accident occurs. Read on to learn more about elevator accidents in Maryland.
What are the Most Common Causes of Elevator Accidents
Elevators are complex machines, composed of many different parts. Unfortunately, this means that there are endless ways an accident can occur. 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
What Do I Do After an Accident Occurs?
Elevator accidents are often due to negligence. It is possible that the person responsible for maintaining the property failed to inspect the elevator, or fix any issues with it in a timely matter. Other times, these accidents are due to faulty parts or mechanical malfunctions. In order to prove that your injury is a result of another party’s negligence, it is important to take the following steps:
- Call 911: The police can call an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more.
- Document the scene: It is incredibly important to take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. If possible, document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw the accident occur, make sure to ask them for their name and contact information.
- Seek medical attention: It is important to go to the hospital immediately after the accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents and bills.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney: A skilled attorney may be able to obtain further evidence, including security camera footage and police reports.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an elevator accident in Maryland, contact our firm today. A team of dedicated attorneys is waiting to help you.
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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.