Steps after an Elevator Injury
Most of the time, elevators function properly with no issues. Occasionally, however, they malfunction and can cause an elevator injury. When this happens, the results can be catastrophic. You could receive damages for your injuries following an elevator accident. In order to do so, it is important to know what steps to follow.
Causes of an Elevator Injury
Getting stuck in an elevator can bring feelings of panic and worry. Most of the time elevators are safe, however, injuries do happen. Leveling issues are the most common cause of an elevator injury. Elevators built from 1930 to 1960 are more likely to injure people. A leveling issue is an elevator getting stuck between floors. Another cause is broken doors, speeding, elevator shafts, electrocution, decapitation or amputations.
What To Do After an Elevator Injury
If you have been injured in an elevator and you suspect the property owner may be liable, it is important to first document the scene. This includes taking photos or videos of the accident. Then, take any witness accounts if there is anyone else in the elevator. However, before leaving the premises, contact management and inform them of your accidents. This way you can get insurance information or the name of a contact that you can work with regarding your accident. This helps when receiving medical treatment within 24 to 48 hours after the elevator injury.
Getting Compensation for Elevator Injury
Property owners have an obligation to make sure that elevators are properly maintained and in safe working order so that people do not get hurt. This includes regular inspections and compliances with all government statutes. After an injury, there are many at-fault parties. This includes property owners, elevator maintenance companies, property management company or a combination of all of the above.
Contact a Knowledgable Attorney
The most important aspect after an elevator injury is to file a claim quickly. Many states limit the time one can take to claim an elevator injury. The Michael Brady Lynch Firm’s dedicated professionals have over 20 years of experience helping those who have become injured. After an elevator accident, you could be left with mounting medical bills, pain and being unable to work due to the physical and mental repercussions. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.