Everybody uses an elevator at some point in their lives. Whether it’s every workday, to get up to their apartment, or even just an occasional doctor’s office visit, everyone is familiar with elevators. Unfortunately, an elevator is a complex piece of machinery, and if even one cog malfunctions, it may cause an accident, which usually leads to serious injuries. If you have been injured in an elevator accident, you are most likely looking into your legal options. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding financial compensation:
What are the most common causes of elevator accidents?
Elevator accidents can happen for any number of reasons, and when they do, they are usually abrupt and unpredictable, which is why the injuries sustained are usually severe. Some of the most common causes of elevator accidents are as follows:
- Abrupt stops
- Pully system malfunction
- Negligent elevator design
- Power failures
- Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
- Improper installations
- Faulty wiring
- Door operator errors
- Mechanical breakdown
- Control system malfunction
- Drive malfunction
What injuries are most commonly sustained in elevator accidents?
Elevator accidents open victims up to several potential injuries, and since there is very little a passenger can do in the event of an accident, the results are often brutal. Here are some of the injuries that have recovered financial compensation in the past:
- Crush injuries
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
- Severed limbs
- Cuts and bruises
- Head trauma
- Neck injuries
How can I recover compensation following a Connecticut elevator accident?
If you have been injured in an elevator accident, you are most likely seeking financial compensation to cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. However, to recover compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. Elevator accidents may warrant a product liability lawsuit, or a premises liability suit. You must hire an experienced attorney who can determine which route you will take.
Additionally, an experienced attorney will help you obtain all the necessary evidence to help you prove your claim. Some of the evidence you may use includes security camera footage, pictures of the safety hazard, witness testimony, police reports, and medical documentation detailing the extent of the injuries you have sustained. We know how a wrongfully-sustained injury can set you back months, even years financially. This is why you cannot afford to waste time. Do not let insurance companies take advantage of your situation, because they will do whatever they can to deny you of the compensation you deserve. Contact an experienced attorney who is willing to fight for your rights.
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