Most of the time, people step onto elevators without a care in the world. While they are large pieces of machinery, elevator accidents do not seem so common. These accidents happen more than people think, however, and they can cause severe damage as a result. If you have been injured in an elevator accident, you may wish to recover financial compensation for the damages incurred due to the accident. In doing so, do not hesitate to retain the services of an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney for assistance.
What are Common Types of Elevator Accidents?
As mentioned before, elevators are large and heavy pieces of machinery. They are composed of several working parts that must function properly together. When something malfunctions, it can result in a sudden and serious accident. Common types of elevator accidents can include the following:
- Electrocutions due to faulty wiring
- Tripping due to uneven or unbalanced leveling with the floor
- Falling down elevator shafts
- Getting caught in between malfunctioning doors
- Being whipped around due to excessive elevator speed
- Elevator fires
Can I Recover Compensation for my Injuries?
When people are involved in elevator accidents, they can sustain various injuries that have the potential to impact them for the rest of their lives. It is because of this that they may seek financial compensation as coverage for the expenses that stem from these injuries. Common injuries that are seen in an elevator accident can include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Crush injuries
- Back injuries
- Head trauma
- Neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severed limbs
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
After an elevator accident occurs, it is important to hire an experienced attorney who can help you to gather the necessary evidence to present to the court regarding your case. This evidence must prove another party’s negligence to determine if there are grounds for product or premises liability. If the accident happened due to a property owner’s negligence, it may be a premises liability case. If it happened due to the elevator’s faulty design or negligent manufacturer, it may be a product liability case. Helpful evidence in these situations can include security camera footage, witness statements, police reports, pictures of the safety hazard, medical documentation of the injuries you sustained, and more.
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The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Howard County and Anne Arundel County, Maryland who are facing personal injury or criminal law matters. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.