Most people use elevators their entire lives without ever incurring a mishap. However, if you are someone who has been injured in an elevator accident, you are most likely looking to recover financial compensation, as elevator accidents are sudden, and very often leave victims feeling panicked and helpless. Rather obviously, there are no seat belts or restraints to protect passengers, so when an elevator malfunctions, the outcome is usually out of their control. If you have been seriously injured in an elevator accident, here are some of the questions you may have:
What most commonly contributes to elevator accidents?
Many different factors and variables determine how an elevator functions. Several things can go wrong with an elevator if it is not properly manufactured, designed, or maintained. Some of the most common contributors to elevator accidents are as follows:
- Pully system malfunction
- Negligent elevator design
- Power failures
- Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
- Faulty wiring
- Abrupt stops
- Control system malfunction
- Drive malfunction
- Improper installations
- Mechanical breakdowns
- Door operator errors
What are some injuries that have qualified for compensation in the past?
Elevator accidents are known for their less-than-forgiving injuries, usually following incidents of people falling down shafts, getting electrocuted, getting caught in between malfunctioning doors, or even being thrown around due to excessive elevator speed. Some of the most commonly sustained injuries in elevator accidents that have warranted financial compensation in the past are as follows:
- Head trauma
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Severed limbs
- Cuts and bruises
- Crush injuries
- Back injuries
- Wrongful death
How do I recover financial compensation following a Florida elevator accident?
When you are injured in an elevator accident, the most important thing you can do is contact an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury process. There are a couple of different routes you may take going forward, so you should have an attorney who is capable of devising the most efficient strategy possible. For example, you may either have valid grounds for a product liability lawsuit or a premises liability suit. A knowledgeable attorney will have to determine whether you were injured due to a poorly designed or poorly manufactured product, or if you were injured due to a negligent landlord or property owner.
To make these determinations, you and your attorney will have to recover evidence to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. You may recover security camera footage, witness statements, police reports, pictures of the safety hazard that caused your injuries, and more to help prove your claim.
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If you or someone you know was injured in a personal injury accident and wishes to speak with an attorney, contact Florida Personal Injury Law Team today.