Fighting for Your Legal Rights in an Elevator Accident Wrongful Death Case
If you are like most people, you board elevators in buildings time and again, giving the process little to no thought. The use of elevators is a fact of everyday live, with the average user of these conveyances taking an average of four trips daily. The average elevator carries 20,000 people per year. When considering the distance traversed by all elevators in the United States, they comprehensively travel approximately 1.4 billion miles annually. While most elevator trips happen with incident, the stark reality is an elevator accident has the potential for catastrophic and even fatal consequences. If you’ve lost a family member in this type of disaster, a Doan Law Firm elevator accident lawyer at (800) 349-0000 is available to answer your questions and explain your important legal rights.
Passengers and Elevator Accident Wrongful Deaths
Over 17,000 people are seriously injured in elevator and escalator accidents each year in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These include passengers and individuals tasked with installing and maintaining lifts.
The most commonplace reasons why passengers end up involved in fatal elevator accidents include:
- Elevator manufacturing or installation defect
- Elevator design flaw
- Failure to properly maintain an elevator
- Failure to repair a damaged of malfunctioning elevator in a reasonable manner
- Door malfunction that crush a passenger or result in a person falling into a shaft
- Speed malfunctions result in an elevator failing to stop
- Misleveling or an elevator improperly stopping between floors
A great deal of acclaim is accorded to elevators for being safe means of transport within a building. While there is a degree of truth to that statement, the stark reality is that when an elevator accident occurs, the consequences can be profound. In addition to passengers suffering severe injuries in such an accident, deaths associated with these are horrific. In nearly all situations involving an elevator accident wrongful death, at least one party responsible for the equipment – if not more – legally will be at fault. These include:
- Building owners
- Elevator designers and manufacturing companies
- Elevator service and maintenance providers
A skilled, experienced, tenacious elevator accident wrongful death attorney fights to ensure that surviving families obtain justice and the compensation they deserve following the loss of a loved one.
Workers and Elevator Accident Deaths
Passengers are not the only people who lose their lives as a result of elevator accidents. Every year, men and women tasked with installing, servicing, and maintaining elevators are killed while undertaking their job duties.
Deaths associated with elevator accidents divide about evenly between passengers and workers. What this means is that while being a passenger in a lift may be a relatively save endeavor, installing, maintaining, or repairing an elevators decidedly is not. The more common types elevator accident wrongful deaths involving workers include:
- Falling down an improperly protected elevator shaft
- Crushed by mechanical elements of an elevator
These types of worker-related accidents oftentimes stem from not only lack of proper protections, as just noted, but also:
- Inadequate training
- Inadequate inspection
- Improper protective gear
Protect Your Legal Rights with a Qualified, Committed Elevator Accident Wrongful Death Lawyer
If you’ve lost a family member as a result of an elevator accident wrongful death, The Doan Law Firm Legal Team at (800) 349-0000 is here for you. You can connect with our firm any time of the day or night, 365 days a year, including all major holidays.
A nationwide law firm, we can arrange an appointment with an elevator accident lawyer at any one of our 40 offices. We can also schedule a virtual consultation with you online. There is never a charge for an initial consultation and case evaluation with a Doan Law Firm elevator accident attorney.
The laws regarding an elevator accident wrongful death claim do vary from state to state. This includes which family members have the ability to take legal action. Generally speaking, spouses, children, and parents are in a position to take legal action following the death of a loved one in an elevator accident.
The Doan Law Firm also makes an attorney fee promise to you. We never charge an attorney fee unless we win your case for you.
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