Elevator accidents are more common than you might think. Many elements of an elevator can
make it possible for accidents to occur that can actually be quite serious. Although we ride
elevators every day, they can cause injuries ranging from bruises and broken bones to death. If
you experience an elevator accident, you do have the right to sue. Here’s how and why.
An Elevator Injury Attorney Establishes Negligence
You can sue for your elevator injury because it could be caused by the building owner or
manager’s negligence, manufacturing defects, or even another passenger in the elevator. When
this happens, an elevator injury attorney can establish who was negligent so you can seek
compensation. Of course, proving negligence can be difficult, which is why you need an
attorney. They understand the criteria required to show negligence which includes:
● The operator of the elevator owes you a duty of care to operate the elevator safely.
● The operator breached their duty to avoid causing harm and because of their actions
you were injured.
● Your injuries led to losses due to the other party’s actions whether it is physical,
emotional or to your property.
● The property managers or owners failed to take reasonable care to keep their elevators
Your elevator injury lawyer will investigate the accident and find proof it happened due to
Understanding the Potential Damages You Can Seek
Your elevator injury attorney will consider the following compensation options for your case:
● Lost wages
● Diminished earning capacity
● Medical bills whether they were temporary, or will remain ongoing
● Pain and suffering
● Physical therapy and rehabilitation treatments
● Loss of life’s enjoyment
● Funeral expenses
You could be entitled to several of the damages on the list, and your attorney will ensure they
seek the full amount you deserve.
Why You Should Seek Compensation for Elevator Injuries
Elevator injuries are often caused by another party’s negligence. Although you can be
responsible for falling or getting injured because you are not being careful, there are many
reasons your accident might not be your fault. As well, most elevator accidents are preventable
as they are caused by the following:
● Lack of proper training for onsite workers
● Improper barriers to prevent falls down open elevator shafts
● Elevators operating without a warning they are undergoing repairs
● Failure to complete safe elevator inspection/maintenance
Any of these oversights can lead to issues ranging from falling down an open elevator shaft to
trips due to improper elevator landings to being injured by faulty doors to elevator platform
collapse. All of these issues and resulting injuries are related to negligence entitling you to
What Injuries Deserve Compensation?
Elevator-related accidents can lead to a long list of serious injuries including:
● Broken bones
● Head injuries/concussion
● Ligament damage
● Spinal injuries
When any form of injury occurs, regardless of how serious they might be, you have a right to
receive compensation for your injuries. That is why it is so important to speak to an elevator
injury attorney once you receive proper medical attention.
If you would like a free consultation with an experienced elevator injury attorney, speak to the
Malley Law Firm today.