Elevators in business districts and cities across the state of California are used by office workers, homemakers, employees and others as a mode of transportation up and down buildings. Every year Americans use an elevator more that 120 billion times in various buildings including shopping centers and malls, office buildings, housings, and supermarkets. Often, elevator accidents take place in construction sites where proper safety precautions have not been taken by employers for ensure employee safety.

Elevators provide aid to persons who have difficulty walking up and down stairs because of physical pain, or a disability. Here at the Downtown LA Law Group we understand how frightening an elevator accident can be. When you contact our firm an experienced  Personal Injury Attorney will take the time to hear the facts and determine the optimal legal course of action so that you can be fully compensated for your loss.

Who Can Be Held Liable for and Escalator Injury Claim

Property Owner Liability: An owner of a business or a property owner where the elevator is place is ultimately liable for the maintenance of the elevators so that a reasonable degree of health and safety in the environment is maintained.  It is either upon the negligence of a party or the neglect of maintaining the upkeep and repair of the elevator which leads to elevator accidents and elevator accident injuries. In many instances an elevator that does not line up with the floor can be a safety hazard resulting in a victims foot getting caught, slipping and falling.  Business and property owners can be held liable for injuries caused by the failure keep an elevator up to code.

Product Liability Claim Against Elevator Manufacturing Company: Manufacturers can be held liable for injuries caused y their defective products. Establishing a claim for defective products cab be predicated on three main causes of action (1) Defect in the manufacturing process (2) Defect in the original design (3) Failure to Warn of known dangers: Also known as labeling defect.  Manufacturers can also be held responsible for injuries resulting from the faulty installation and improper maintenance of an elevator.

Common injuries resulting from elevator accidents include:

  • Brain Damage
  • Broken and fractures bones
  • Separated Shoulder
  • Whiplash
  • Facial Injuries – Including Broken Nose and Scarring
  • Spinal Cord Damage

How do I protect myself from an elevator accident

One should always use some caution when entering or leaving an elevator, also one should

  • If elevator stops in the middle of a floor do not attempt to leave; check if a Emergency Button in present push it immediately.
  • If you have reception use your mobile phone to call fro help.
  • DO Not use an elevator is there is a fire or a fire alarm has rang.
  • Do not try to open elevator doors that are stuck.
  • If stuck in an elevator always attempt to stay calm and wait for help to arrive.
  • When boarding or exiting always watch your step – the elevator may not be level with the floor.

Who do I contact if I have been injured in an Elevator Accident

Compensation for Your Claim

Property Owners owe a duty to maintain a safe working and up to code elevator system.

If you have been injured in an elevator shaft accident, you must first tend to your wounds heal your injuries.  Seeking vindication of your rights is our job.  At Downtown LA Law Group our legal team is skilled and knowledgeable. We will will keep on the offensive until they make sure you have been fully compensated for your injuries and vindicated for your loss.  We will go to trial and take on drivers that were negligent and their insurance carriers’ so that your rights are protected. Our goal is to take care of every legal detail and make sure you achieve the highest compensation possible for your loss; in the meantime, concentrate on the most important part of this process – your recovery.

Statute of Limitations: Remember that it is crucial to act quickly after you have been injured to report any elevator accident claim before any limitations can lower or extinguish your rightful claim. Call us for a free consultation regarding your injury claim: (855)385-2529

For More Information on Elevator Safety and Accident Prevention visit these helpful sites:

Elevator Safety Information

Escalator Accident Claim