Defective & Damaged Elevators
Most people take elevator safety for granted, trusting that they will work properly every time and that they are properly maintained. We expect that they will neither malfunction nor cause injury. A person using an elevator has every right to expect a properly designed, manufactured, installed and inspected elevator, which insures the safety of passengers.
The companies that manufacture elevators, the vendors who install them, the property owners and the maintenance companies all have the responsibility to take reasonable care and precautions to avoid elevator accidents.
There are three major causes of elevator accidents resulting in injuries:
- Malfunctioning elevator doors; elevator doors are supposed to have sensors to prevent them from closing on people’s bodies. This type of accident may cause serious crush injuries.
- Malfunctioning interlock devices to prevent opening into elevator shafts; This may cause catastrophic injury or wrongful death when a fall occurs. This may also be caused when human error or negligence allows such a shaft to be accessible to the public.
- Misleveled elevators; when an elevator does not properly line up with the floor, people can trip and fall and sustain serious injuries. This is a particularly frequent problem in older buildings with outdated elevator equipment.
Elevators can cause catastrophic injuries, including brain and spinal cord injuries. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a malfunctioning elevator, you deserve an opportunity to seek fair compensation.