Elevators are large pieces of machinery that have a variety of working parts. In the event that any of these parts do not function properly, it can cause a malfunction of the elevator to occur. This can lead to devastating accidents that have the potential to cause injuries that impact people for the rest of their life. When this happens, the injured parties can pursue legal action for negligence with the assistance of an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney.
What are Common Types of Elevator Accidents?
It is an unfortunate reality that elevator accidents are more common than most people realize. There are several different ways that an elevator accident can happen in the state of Maryland. This can include but is not limited to the following:
- 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?
As stated before, elevators are large pieces of machinery. It is because of this that malfunctions and accidents can cause severe injuries. Common injuries that may occur in these accidents can include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Crush injuries
- Back injuries
- Head trauma
- Neck injuries
- Severed limbs
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
When an elevator accident happens, injured parties can file a personal injury claim to pursue legal action for negligence. In doing so, they are required to prove that negligence took place, thus directly causing the accident and their injuries. Negligent parties may be a property owner who did not conduct the right inspection of the machine or an elevator manufacturer that did not put the machine together properly. Evidence that can be used in court to prove negligence 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 or someone you love was injured in a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an experienced attorney, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.