Fortunately for most of us, getting on or off an elevator is nothing more than a mundane task. Sometimes, however, elevators malfunction, and serious accidents happen as a result. If you were recently injured in an elevator, you should read on and reach out to our Annapolis personal injury lawyer as soon as you can. Here are some of the questions you may have about elevator accidents and how our firm can fight for you if you’ve been wrongfully harmed in one:
What are the most frequent causes of elevator accidents?
Elevator accidents can occur for a multitude of reasons. Liable parties may include landlords, elevator maintenance crews, or even elevator designers/manufacturers. Some of the most common causes of elevator accidents are as follows:
- Power failures
- Failing to adequately maintain/service elevators
- Drive malfunction
- Door operator errors
- Mechanical breakdowns
- Control system malfunctions
- Elevators abruptly stopping or starting
- Pully system malfunctions
- Improper installations
- Dangerous wiring
- Unsafe elevator design or negligent elevator part manufacturers
What should I do if I’m hurt in an elevator accident?
If you are hurt in an elevator accident, you should do what you can to document exactly how the accident happened, as well as keep a record of the damages the accident caused you to sustain. Fortunately, in most cases, elevators are equipped with security cameras, and often, the accident will be captured on video, which is one of the best ways to prove a personal injury claim.
However, you should also make it a point to call the police at once, as they will send emergency services to the scene and write a report of the accident. You should also take pictures, ask witnesses for their contact information, and ensure that you obtain a copy of all medical documentation pertaining to your injuries. Finally, you should reach out to an attorney who can help you fight for your rightful compensation in a personal injury claim.
How long will I have to sue someone for an injury in Maryland?
If you are injured in an accident in Maryland, you should always bring your claim to the attention of an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as you can. This is because the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is, typically, three years. Waiting longer than three years will most likely time bar you from suing. If a government entity is involved, you often must provide notice of a claim within six months.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Anne Arundel County and Howard County, Maryland who need legal assistance for criminal defense or personal injury matters. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.