Elevator Accident Attorney in Columbia, Maryland
Elevators and escalators are essential parts of buildings all over Maryland. Rarely is anyone concerned that something will go terribly wrong and that they will become seriously injured. However, elevator and escalator accidents happen all the time and victims can suffer tremendously. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an elevator or escalator accident in Maryland, it is important to consider your legal options. The legal team at Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates has over 30 years of experience guiding clients through each step of the personal injury claims process. While you focus on recovering from your accident, we will focus on recovering the compensation you are entitled to. Contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.
Who is liable in an elevator accident case?
Unlike many premises liability cases, elevator accident cases are not always so cut and dry when determining who is at fault. Elevators are complex machines and many times, property owners don’t know the ins and outs of how they work. When something is wrong, it may be undetected by the property owner until it is too late. In some cases, the case turns from property owner liability to product liability, where the elevator company is at fault for producing an unsafe product. Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates will be able to work closely with experts to determine what kind of case is necessary for your situation.
Property owner liability: If a property owner knew that the elevator on their premises needed to be fixed or receive regular maintenance and failed to make such arrangements, they can be held liable for any injuries that may have occurred. However, it can be very difficult for the injured party to prove that the property owner knew or should have reasonably known about the issue at hand but did not fix it.
Product liability: In some cases, a property owner genuinely did not know that the elevator on their property had any issues because they are not an expert in that field and were not able to detect any problems. If this situation applies, you may have a product liability case instead of a premises liability case. Here, either the designer, the manufacturer, or the elevator company can be held liable. If you can prove that either the design was flawed or the manufacturer diverted from a safe design, they may be held liable for the injuries. It can be challenging to fulfill the burden of proof in this situation but with the help of an experienced legal team, it can be done.
Contact a Howard County Elevator Accident Attorney
Regardless of whether your case is a matter of property owner negligence or product liability, retaining the services of an effective elevator accident attorney is critical. Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates has over 30 years of experience recovering compensation for injured clients who are feeling overwhelmed by the financial, physical, and emotional burdens of their accident. We are ready to protect your future. If you have been hurt in an elevator or escalator accident, contact our firm today.