Many of our everyday activities involve elevators. For example, you likely use an elevator when you visit a hotel, work in an office, live in an apartment building, and more. While we use elevators a lot, we do not often consider their dangers. Elevator accidents are not very common, but when they do occur, their results can be devastating. Read on to learn more about elevator accidents in Maryland.
Common causes of elevator accidents
Elevator accidents can occur for any number of reasons, including:
- 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
Recovering compensation after an elevator accident
An elevator accident can be caused by design or manufacturing negligence. When this occurs, you will likely be able to hold the product designer or manufacturer responsible for your accident- This is known as a product liability case. Accidents can also be caused by a landlord’s failure to keep the property maintained. For example, failing to conduct routine inspections can cause accidents. In this case, you may have a premises liability case. In both situations, you will have to provide proof that your accident was a result of another party’s negligence. In order to do this, you should work with an experienced attorney who can work to gather evidence, such as security camera footage, police reports, building complaints, and more.
How long do I have to file a claim?
In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to file your claim on time. This is because of a deadline known as a statute of limitations. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve in order to heal. Do not let this happen- reach out to a skilled attorney to avoid missing any important deadlines.
If you have been injured in an elevator accident, our firm is here to help. We will fight to recover the compensation you deserve and advocate for you every step of the way. Reach out today to discuss your case.
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