There are many people who use elevators on a daily basis in California. In doing so, they trust the large machines will work properly and be safe. However, if they are not made or maintained correctly, serious accidents can happen. These can cause life-changing injuries, leading injured parties to pursue legal action in an effort to recover compensation for these damages. During this time, it is important to retain the services of an experienced California personal injury attorney for assistance.
What are Common Types of Elevator Accidents?
In order for an elevator to work the way it is supposed to, it’s parts are required to function cohesively. If the machine is not working properly, it can malfunction and a dangerous accident can take place. This may happen in the event of:
- Electrocutions due to faulty wiring
- Tripping due to uneven or unbalanced leveling with the floor
- Falling down the elevator shafts
- Getting caught in between malfunctioning doors
- Being whipped around due to excessive elevator speed
- Elevator fires
Can I Recover Compensation?
Those who sustain injuries in an elevator accident can suffer from cuts and bruises, crush injuries, back/neck injuries, head trauma, severed limbs, broken bones, and even wrongful death. It is because of this that they can file a personal injury claim to pursue legal action against the negligent party. It is important to note that the party who is negligent can vary depending on the case. In the event of a premises liability case, the property owner can be at fault. If it is a product liability case, the manufacturer can be held liable. To do so, the injured party is required to collect evidence that shows this party’s negligence was the direct cause of their injuries. Evidence for a case can include security camera footage, witness statements, police reports, pictures of the safety hazard, medical documentation of the injuries you sustained, and more.
Contact our Firm
When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. That’s where we come in. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn more about what our firm can do for you.