People trust that elevators are safe when they use them. While this is usually the case, there are situations in which the machine can be defective and cause an accident to happen. This may be the case if it is not made or maintained properly. When a person is injured in these accidents, they can pursue legal action in order to recover compensation for these damages. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced Connecticut personal injury attorney for assistance with your case.
What are Common Types of Elevator Accidents?
There are many different ways that an elevator accident can happen. If the manufacturer of the elevator does not follow protocol during production or the property owner does not properly maintain the machine, it can become defective. Common causes of accidents can include:
- 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
Can I Recover Compensation?
Severe injuries can be sustained in an elevator accident. This can include cuts and bruises, crush injuries, back/neck injuries, head trauma, severed limbs, broken bones, and even wrongful death. When pursuing legal action, important to know the negligent party in these cases can vary. In the event that the manufacturer is at fault, it may be a product liability case. If the property owner is at fault, it may be a premises liability case. During this time, the injured party must collect evidence that shows negligence was the direct cause of their suffering. Evidence for a case can include security camera footage, witness statements, police reports, pictures of the safety hazard, medical documentation of the injuries you sustained, and more.
Contact our Firm
Marc N. Needelman is an experienced attorney working throughout the state of Connecticut. If you need an attorney who is ready to fight for the financial compensation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact us to set up a free initial consultation. Our firm deals with matters relating to real estate, personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning, and more.