Protect Your Vital Legal Rights after an Elevator Accident
Elevators trace their origins back to the Colosseum in ancient Rome. The Colosseum came complete with 24 elevators, manually operated by over 200 slaves. There are over 700,000 elevators in the United States at this juncture of the 21st century. Over the course of three days, elevators in operation around the globe carry the equivalent of the world’s population. While generally safe modes of transport, the injuries that stem from an elevator accident can be devastating. If you’ve been involved in this type of incident, you can obtain more information about an elevator accident by calling (800) 349-0000, day or night.
Frequent Causes of an Elevator Accident
Since nearly the dawn of the motion picture industry, film after film have featured dramatic scenes in which an elevator brakes lose from its cables and plummets at a frightening rate of speed. While a broken cable can result in a catastrophic elevator accident, in many ways a fractured cable is a symptom of something else that causes a hazardous and even deadly malfunction. The most commonplace causes of elevator accident are:
- Door malfunctions resulting in people falling into elevator shafts
- Door malfunctions causing injuries to people when doors close prematurely
- Speed disruptions that can result in a failure of an elevator to safely stop
- Misleveling or an elevator that comes to a stop between floors
- Lack of proper maintenance
- Failure to repair a damaged or malfunctioning elevator component in a timely manner
- Manufacturing defect
- Design flaw
In addition to these issues, other causes of injuries, including fatal injury, associated with an elevator accident is electrocution. Many people are surprised to learn that there are instances in which passengers drown in elevators. This occurs when a fire occurs in a building and firefighters work to battle the blaze with water. An elevator cabin can fill up with water in the process and passengers inside the compartment run the risk of drowning.
Common Injuries Sustained by an Elevator Accident
Because of the inherent nature of elevator accidents, fatal injuries represent a sad result of these types of calamities in some cases. With that noted, there is an array of injuries that commonly are associated with elevator accident incidents. These include:
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Cuts and abrasions
- Mental anguish and emotional distress, including PTSD
Parties Responsible for Elevator Accident Injuries
The stark reality is that more than one party may very well be legally responsible for damages and injuries sustained as the result of an elevator accident. A skilled, experienced elevator accident lawyer works to ensure that all parties responsible for injuries are brought to justice. These parties include:
- Building owner
- Elevator manufacturer
- Elevator maintenance provider
- Elevator parts manufacturer
- Another individual who misused an elevator’s systems or controls
Protect Your Legal Rights and Interests after Sustaining Elevator Accident Injuries
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries as a result of an elevator accident, the legal team at The Doan Law Firm is here to fight for you. We’ve established a 24-hour elevator accident telephone line at (800) 349-0000 through which you can schedule an initial consultation with a skilled, experienced, dedicated elevator accident lawyer.
As a nationwide law firm, we have 40 offices located from coast to coast in the United States. We can schedule an appointment at any one of our offices or a virtual case evaluation online. There is never a charge for an initial consultation and case evaluation with a Doan Law Firm elevator accident lawyer.
An elevator accident injury attorney from our firm will fight tireless for justice in your case. This includes compensation for injuries, losses, and damages that may include:
- Physical injuries and disabilities
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Medical bills and expenses
- Lost wages
A person injured in an elevator accident is entitled to compensation not only for exiting losses but also for those that reasonably can be expected to be incurred in the future.
The Doan Law Firm makes an attorney fee guarantee to you. We never charge an attorney fee unless we win your case for you. The Doan Law Firm legal team is dedicated to fighting hard to ensure you win the compensation you deserve.
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