What to Know About Being Injured in an Elevator Accident

You may be able to recover financial compensation if you have been injured in an elevator accident. To learn more about elevator accidents and how to take legal action if you have been injured due to no fault of your own, continue reading. For help with your claim, give our experienced Howard County personal injury attorney a call. Here are some questions you may have:

Common Elevator Accident Causes

The most common cause of elevator accidents is negligence. The most common forms of negligence that leads to elevator accidents include the following:

  • Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
  • Pully system malfunction
  • Negligent elevator design
  • Mechanical breakdown
  • Improper installations
  • Drive malfunction
  • Faulty wiring
  • Power failures
  • Abrupt stops
  • Door operator errors

What are the most common injuries sustained in elevator accidents?

Elevator accidents can lead to severe injuries. The most common injuries that are sustained in elevator accidents include the following:

  • Head trauma
  • Crush injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Wrongful death
  • Severed limbs
  • Neck injuries
  • Cuts and bruises

What should I do following an elevator accident?

If you have been injured in an elevator accident, you must have a plan. To protect yourself, consider taking the following steps while you are still at the scene of your accident:

  1. Call the police. The police will bring medical assistance to the scene of your accident. The police will also conduct a report.
  2. While you wait for the ambulance to arrive, collect any witnesses’ contact information.
  3. Take photos and videos of the scene of your accident.
  4. Take photos of your injuries.
  5. Seek medical treatment as soon as the ambulance arrives.
  6. Collect all relevant medical documentation after your treatment.
  7. Retain the services of an experienced Howard County elevator accident attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to collect the compensation you require to heal.

What is the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim in Maryland?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is generally three years. This means that you will have three years from the date of your accident to bring attention to your personal injury claim. The sooner you can bring attention to your claim, the better. Failure to file your claim within this timeframe may result in you being permanently time-barred from taking legal action. To get started with this process as soon as possible, give our firm a call today. We are here to help.

Contact Our Howard County, Maryland Firm

If you or a family member has sustained serious injuries in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today. We are here to provide you with the steady and effective legal guidance you deserve.

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