When people use an elevator, wherever it may be, they usually do not consider the idea of being involved in an accident. However, elevator accidents are more common than most people realize. In the event that they do happen, serious injuries can be caused as a result. It is because of this that injured parties often want to pursue legal action in order to recover compensation for the damages that stem from the incident. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney for assistance.
What are Common Types of Elevator Accidents?
Elevators have various moving parts. These must work together properly to ensure the machine functions the way it is supposed to. If a part does not work correctly and malfunctions, an accident can happen. The following are different examples of how an elevator accident may happen:
- Electrocutions due to faulty wiring
- Tripping due to uneven or unbalanced leveling with the floor
- Falling down the elevator shafts
- Getting caught in between malfunctioning doors
- Being whipped around due to excessive elevator speed
- Elevator fires
Can I Recover Compensation?
When an elevator accident happens, the injuries that are sustained in the incident can affect a person for the rest of their life. Common injuries that may occur as a result of these accidents can include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Crush injuries
- Back injuries
- Head trauma
- Neck injuries
- Severed limbs
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
In order to pursue legal action after an accident, the injured party must file a personal injury claim. During this time, they are required to prove negligence occurred with proper evidence. This can be gathered with the assistance of an attorney. In the event that a property owner was negligent, this may call for a premises liability case. On the other hand, a negligent elevator manufacturer may call for a product liability case. Helpful evidence that can be used in court can include security camera footage, witness statements, police reports, pictures of the safety hazard, medical documentation of the injuries you sustained, and more.
Contact our Firm
If you have been injured as a result of a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact Ruben Law Firm today.