Elevator accidents occur when any of the various parts, mechanisms, or aspects of an elevator malfunction, resulting in injury.
Perhaps the most serious types of elevator accidents are elevator crashes. These can occur when the suspension, braking or stopping mechanisms of the elevator fail, causing the elevator to drop quickly down to lower levels or to the ground. These types of elevator accidents can result in injuries such as back injuries, neck/spine injuries, and other similar injuries.
Other types of elevator accidents and incidents can include:
- Elevator fires
- Injuries resulting from electrocution
- Injuries from parts falling from the elevator ceiling above
- Getting a hand, finger, limb, or other body part caught in a door, which can result in amputation
- Being trapped in an elevator
- Various other types of accidents
Who can be Held Liable for Elevator Accidents?
Depending on the circumstances, different parties can be held liable for injuries resulting from an elevator accident. In many instances, the accident is a result of some sort of defect with the elevator, or with a part used in the elevator. In such cases, the manufacturer of the elevator (or the elevator part) may be held liable for injuries caused by the accident.
In other cases, an accident can result from a faulty repair, or from a failure to repair. In such instances, the person or company responsible for the faulty repair, or from the failure to repair, may be held liable for injuries caused by an accident. An example of this is where a repair company fails to use the proper parts for the repairs, and an accident results.
Are there any Legal Remedies for Elevator Accidents and Injuries?
Elevator accident injuries can be serious and can often require legal action. In such cases, a monetary damages award can be issued to compensate the injured person for: hospital and medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Elevator accidents can also result in major property damage. In such claims, the liable party may also be responsible for paying damages in relation to the repairs.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with an Elevator Accident Lawsuit?
Elevator injury claims can be complex and may require the help of a lawyer. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with a lawsuit. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and representation during the process.