Property owners are legally obligated to keep their equipment in working order, ensuring the safety of their tenants and visitors. Manufacturers have a similar obligation not to endanger customers with faulty equipment. Elevators are complex machines that are safe and convenient when maintained properly, but have the potential to cause serious injury if maintenance is neglected. Elevator accidents have serious consequences, ranging from bumps and scrapes to severe trauma and even wrongful death.
If you or a loved one has suffered pain, injury, or other damages due to an elevator accident, call The Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC. Our expert legal team will fight to get you fair compensation.
Causes of Elevator Accidents
Though elevators have a simple function, to move from one floor to another, their inner workings are complex, with many parts that require regular inspection and maintenance. Building owners and managers are responsible for this maintenance, and if they neglect this duty and subsequently fail to inform their tenants or visitors about malfunctioning equipment, serious injury can result. Causes for elevator accidents include:
- Building owners not performing regular inspections of elevators in use
- Building owners failing to resolve maintenance needs promptly
- Manufacturers failing to identify and provide solutions for flaws in the product
- Building owners not closing and marking faulty equipment
Property owners and product manufacturers share responsibility for the safe operation of elevators. If the elevator fails due to negligence and causes injury, they also share liability for damage.
Injuries from Elevator Accidents
Injuries sustained in elevator accidents often involve damage from falls. Elevators have substantial safety measures to bring the car to a stop if abnormal motion is detected, but even this jolt can cause injury. Possible injuries from elevator accidents include:
- Shock or electrocution from malfunctioning motors
- Abrasions, broken bones, or other injuries from rapid falls or becoming caught in an elevator door
- Head, neck, ligament, or spinal cord injuries
Serious accidents can lead to serious consequences, such as debilitating injury or death. Victims of elevator accidents have significant grounds for settlement claims, including the payment of medical bills and compensation for the physical and mental trauma endured.
Several parties are potentially liable for elevator accident damages. These include the building owner and manager, any repair company tasked with maintaining the elevator, and the elevator’s manufacturer if the accident was due to a product flaw. The Law Office of David P. Kashani, APLC has the experience and tenacity to identify the guilty party and fight for your rights. You deserve justice and the ability to continue living your life unhindered by physical, mental, or financial damages.
Contact our office immediately to schedule a consultation. We are available during normal business hours, and can accommodate other timeframes with advance notice. We’ll discuss your injury, identify the best options to proceed, and fight for your fair compensation.