Elevators are a normal part of our everyday lives. They are used in so many of the places we visit that we often do not think twice when utilizing them. Unfortunately, elevators can be more dangerous than you may realize. When elevator accidents occur, they can have serious consequences. Read on to learn more about elevator accidents in Maryland and what to do in the event of an injury.
How do Elevator Accidents Occur?
- 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
What do I do if an Accident Occurs?
If you have been injured in an elevator accident, it is important to take the following steps:
- Call 911: The police can help if you are stuck in the elevator, they can also call an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more.
- Obtain witness contacts: Gather the name and number of anyone who saw the accident occur. They may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Document the scene: If possible, take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Seek medical attention: It is important to visit the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after an accident occurs. You should see a doctor even if you do not feel like you have been seriously injured. That is because it is possible to sustain an injury without realizing it. Additionally, this will allow you to document the origin and extent of your injuries, which can play a large role in a personal injury case. Ask for a copy of any relevant medical documents before leaving.
- Contact an experienced attorney: A personal injury attorney may be able to obtain further proof of negligence, including police reports and security camera footage.
- Make sure to file your claim on time: In Maryland, the statute of limitations is generally three years from the date of the accident. Contact an attorney to avoid missing any important deadlines.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an elevator accident, contact our firm today to speak with a dedicated and experienced attorney.
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If you or a family member have been injured in a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.