An elevator accident is one type of premises liability claim that falls under the umbrella of personal injury law. To hold a property owner or business legally responsible for a plaintiff’s injuries that happened on an elevator, the victim must establish that the defendant was negligent.
At Parker Waichman LLP, we have significant experience in representing clients in complex premises liability claims such as an elevator free fall accident. In fact, we will find every possible defendant who was responsible for causing your injuries, as well as build a compelling case on your behalf. We will also forcefully push back if a defendant attempts to put the blame on you for your accident or if they try to reduce the value of your elevator injuries claim.
When you call our law firm, you will speak with a skilled elevator accident attorney who will be prepared to do the following:
- Conduct a free and complete examination of your elevator accident claim
- Listen to you as you provide details of your accident
- Explain all of your legal rights and options
- Gather all evidence and investigate your accident
- Communicate with all defendants in your case as well as their insurers
- Take all measures necessary to protect your legal rights
- Document your injuries as well as calculate your damages
Every individual must have personalized representation, which is why if you are suing an elevator company because you were injured in a fall or accident, our attorneys will fight aggressively to safeguard your legal rights and interests. Our premises liability attorneys have a proven track record of success and have secured millions of dollars for our clients. Contact a skilled elevator injury lawyer at our firm today to learn more about how we can make a difference for you!
Average Settlement for an Elevator Accident
Elevator injury settlement amounts can vary depending on the severity of the accident, the injuries that may have been acquired during the elevator failure, and the liability assessed against the negligent party. If the injuries were severe the elevator lawsuit payout may be higher, especially if the plaintiff can prove that the defendant did not do their due diligence with repairs and maintenance.
Stuck-in-elevator settlements can be several hundreds of thousands of dollars if you can prove negligence on the part of the building owner, maintenance company, or manufacturer.
Since each elevator lawsuit is different, you and your attorney will work out the best way to approach your case to get the elevator settlement you deserve to compensate you for your injuries.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Being Stuck in an Elevator Dangerous?
Being stuck in a lift is not dangerous, but it’s important not to panic and remain as comfortable as possible while you wait for help as there is not much you can do while you’re stuck.
How Dangerous are Elevators?
Common elevators are very safe. Elevators move billions of people each year, but on average there are only 27 deaths from elevators a year. Most elevator injuries are usually due to errors that were missed by inspectors.
What Happens if an Elevator Fails?
Elevators have passive, automatic, built-in braking systems to ensure that if the elevator cables snapped, it would only fall a few feet and then stop. So if you were on an elevator that failed, you would not normally suffer significant injury.
How Common are Elevator Accidents?
Small elevator malfunctions are common. With over 900,000 elevators in place worldwide, there are bound to be minor accidents, but there are so many backup systems in place that most accidents will not lead to injuries or death. Elevators are safer than cars, escalators, and stairs.
How Do Elevator Accidents Happen?
The most common causes of elevator accidents are:
- Excessive speed
- Absence of proper maintenance and required services
- Falls into shafts
These accidents can all be prevented by detailed elevator maintenance that occurs at manufacturer recommend intervals.
How Many Elevator Technicians Die Annually?
Elevator technicians are most at risk for elevator related accidents, but the elevator fatality risk for technicians is estimated to be about 0.00000015 percent per trip. So even for those put at the most risk, the odds of a fatal accident are very low.
Can You Sue for Being Stuck in an Elevator?
A stuck-in-an-elevator lawsuit is possible, and you can sue the elevator manufacturer, the maintenance company, or the building owner for negligence and emotional distress if you were stuck in an elevator. Manufacturers like Otis and Nouveau have faced lawsuits from victims who were stuck in their elevators. To file a suit, you must be able to prove that there was some type of duty to the person stuck, that duty was breached, the elevator malfunction caused injuries, and the plaintiff was suffering from physical harm or traumatic problems such as emotional distress.
How Often Do Elevators Malfunction?
Common elevator malfunctions are usually taken care of by technicians, but the odds are that 1 in every 100,000 elevator rides will get stuck for a period of time due to a minor malfunction. It can’t be stressed enough that elevators that are properly maintained are very safe.
How Common are Elevator Deaths and How Likely Are You to Die in an Elevator?
Elevators injury cases are rare because elevators are some of the safest forms of transportation. Annually, elevators kill about 30 people a year and injure another 17,000 people a year. The odds of being killed by an elevator are about 1 in 10 million. It’s more likely you’ll get injured taking the stairs.
Is “Elevator Mechanic” a Dangerous Job?
Elevator installers and mechanics are listed as the 6th most dangerous job in the construction industry. Construction elevator accident cases suggest that elevator mechanics have suffered the highest number of on-the-job deaths far above laborers, supervisors, ironworkers, and other construction jobs.
Were you or a loved one injured in an elevator accident? Contact Parker Waichman LLP for a Free Case Review
Parker Waichman LLP offers a free case review for victims of elevator accidents. You can trust your case with our experienced elevator accident attorneys. For a free consultation, contact our law firm today by using our live chat or calling 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to determine if you are eligible for compensation through an elevator malfunction lawsuit.
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