Steps to Take Following an Elevator Accident in California

If you have recently sustained injuries in an elevator accident due to the negligence of another party, you are likely looking to recover compensation. To learn more about filing a valid personal injury claim and how our experienced Santa Clara County personal injury attorneys can assist you, continue reading. Here are some questions you may have about elevator accidents in California:

What are the most common causes of elevator accidents?

The most common causes of elevator accidents include the following:

  • Improper installations
  • Mechanical breakdown
  • Faulty wiring
  • Pully system malfunction
  • Negligent elevator design
  • Abrupt stops
  • Drive malfunction
  • Door operator errors
  • Power failures

What are the most common injuries sustained in elevator accidents?

There are many injuries that can be sustained in an elevator accident. The most common include the following:

  • Head trauma
  • Crush injuries
  • Severed limbs
  • Broken bones
  • Wrongful death
  • Back injuries
  • Cuts and bruise
  • Neck injuries

What should I do after being injured in an elevator accident?

To increase your chances of filing a successful personal injury claim, take the following steps while you are still at the scene of the accident:

  1. Alert the police. The police will document the accident by conducting a report. They will also bring an ambulance to the scene.
  2. While you wait for the ambulance to arrive at the scene, if you are able to, take photos of the scene of the accident, any hazards that may have played a part, and your injuries.
  3. Collect any witnesses’ contact information.
  4. Seek immediate medical attention as soon as the ambulance arrives
  5. Collect all relevant medical documents. These documents should state the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
  6. Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who will assist you in filing your claim.

What is the statute of limitations for a personal injury elevator accident claim in California?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in California is generally two years. This timeframe is important to understand because it means that you will have two years from the date of your accident to bring attention to your personal injury claim. It is best to file your claim as soon as possible to avoid being permanently time-barred from suing. To begin this process today, do not hesitate to contact our experienced personal injury firm. We are prepared to fight for your right to compensation. Give our firm a call today to learn more about our service and how we can help. We are looking forward to hearing from you.


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.