Steps to Take After Being Injured in an Elevator Accident

Elevators can cause serious, life-changing injuries when individuals are involved in an accident. There are many moving parts that need to be constantly monitored in every elevator. When negligence is involved and the maintenance does not occur, elevators can quickly become unsafe environments. If you have been injured in an elevator accident, take the first step in achieving the compensation you require to heal by reaching out to an experienced personal injury attorney today. Contact our firm to schedule an initial consultation so we can walk you through what your legal process will look like.

Common Causes of Elevator Accidents

The most common causes of elevator accidents are caused by negligence. The most common factors that contribute to injuries sustained in elevator accidents are as follows:

  • 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

Common Injuries Sustained in Elevator Accidents

Injuries sustained in elevator accidents can be life-changing. The most common injuries caused by accidents in elevators are as follows:

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

What should I do after being injured in an elevator accident?

If you have been injured in an elevator accident, the best way to protect yourself is to have a plan in place. Follow each of the following steps to set yourself up for a successful personal injury claim so you can achieve the compensation you deserve:

  1. Call the police. Be sure to tell the police that you require medical assistance immediately. The police will arrive on the scene to document the accident with a police report.
  2. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. When you have been properly treated for your injuries, be sure to collect all medical documentation relating to the event.
  3. If possible, take photos of the scene of your accident as well as your injuries.
  4. Collect any witnesses’ contact information including their name and phone number.
  5. Reach out to an understanding personal injury attorney who will help satisfy the burden of proof to recover the financial compensation you require to heal.

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

Two years is the time limit for Connecticut personal injury claims. The statute of limitations means that you will have two years’ time to take legal action against the negligent party involved in your accident. To avoid being barred from suing, reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney today to begin your claims process.

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.

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