Elevator Accident Claims
Riding the elevator to get to your destination floor may seem mundane, but if the elevator is defective or broken, it can quickly turn into a catastrophe. Elevator accidents are not uncommon. Both commercial and residential buildings are becoming taller as players in the construction industry seek to make the most of the limited space available for development. More buildings therefore require elevators to allow easier access of upper level floors.
In many cases, elevator accidents result in serious injuries. In some cases, these injuries can be life threatening. Many victims seek compensation for injuries or wrongful death resulting from these accidents.
If you were seriously injured or lost a loved one in an elevator accident, please contact one of the attorneys listed in this directory for a free consultation. Always ask about the attorney’s experience representing elevator accident and escalator accident victims in prior lawsuits.
What You Should Know About Safety Codes
There are safety codes that govern the installation, operation and maintenance of elevators. These codes vary from one state to the other. This means that the rules and regulations that apply in elevator accidents in one state may not apply to a case in a different state.
Building owners are required to comply with various codes and regulations in order to ensure the safety of patrons who use the elevators in their buildings. These include:
- Capacity and loading regulations
- Construction of hoist ways
- Counterweight and horizontal car clearances
- Governing of speed
- Clearances at the bottom and top
- Frames, enclosures, doors and gates
These safety regulations and standards become the standard of care for building owners. The regulations effectively create a duty of care to those who use their elevators.
Common Injuries from Elevator Accidents
Injuries resulting from elevator accidents are often severe. They can also be mentally traumatizing. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Head trauma
- Broken bones
- Psychological trauma
- Severing of body parts
Many people who are involved in elevator accidents live with the psychological trauma of the accident for the rest of their lives. Some develop a fear for elevators or even enclosed spaces. In some cases they are unable to return to work, travel or live in tall apartment complexes if it means that they must ride on an elevator.
Those who are severely injured may lose the ability to carry out everyday tasks such as taking a bath, eating, shopping, walking and working. Others may have injuries that cause permanent disfigurement that is also a psychological hindrance.
Injuries from elevator accidents can result in damages amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars in physical and mental therapy. It is advisable to seek the assistance of an experienced elevator accident attorney to file a claim for compensation.