Elevator Accidents: People Really Get Hurt?
For many people, riding an elevator is a routine part of daily life. People ride elevators at work, at home, and while visiting many public facilities and stores. Because they are such a large part of daily life, it may seem that outside of horror movies, the worst thing that could happen on an elevator is bad elevator music. However, while elevators are safer than they once were, elevator accidents still happen. Every year, escalator and elevator accidents are responsible for about 30 deaths and over 10,000 serious injuries.
The Miami Herald recently reported that 8,000 Custom Lift model residential elevators were recalled by the company distributing them after the latent danger of them plunging was discovered. The exact problem with the elevators is reportedly that the elevator cabin can unexpectedly fall to the bottom of the elevator shaft. The distributor has already reportedly had twelve such incidents reported to it, including several that resulted in strained limbs and broken bones. Many more accidents could have occurred had the elevators not been recalled.
How Do Elevator Accidents Happen?
Elevator accidents can originate from many sources that include:
- Mechanical failure
- Sudden stops
- Collapsing structures
- Falling into an elevator shaft
- Failure to inspect
- Inadequate inspection
If you file a claim for injuries related to an injury that results from an injury such as any of these, an experienced personal injury attorney will work hard to discover the origin of your injuries and help you determine who is liable for what you have gone through.
How to Spot an Unsafe Elevator
- Look into the shaft before entering. Make sure that the elevator cabin is where it should be before proceeding.
- Pay attention. Look out for signs of neglect such as an expired inspection sticker, missing buttons, rust, squeaky noises, and anything else that may indicate the elevator has not been maintained properly.
- Keep your hands and feet away from the doors while the elevator is moving.
How Should You Proceed if You Are on an Elevator When Things Go Wrong?
During the Emergency:
Press the “call” button on the button panel which should get you in touch with someone who can assist you. If no one responds, call 9-1-1 from your cell phone. Then, remain where you are until emergency personnel arrives to instruct you. Trying to escape on your own can cause the elevator to inadvertently shift and drop in its shaft.
After the Emergency has Passed:
Ensuring first and foremost that you receive whatever medical assistance that you need should be your first priority. If you are physically and mentally able, take pictures, record videos, and record the names and contact information of witnesses.
Let Us Help You With Your Elevator Accident Today.
Unfortunately, elevator accidents happen. If you or a loved one has been injured in elevator accident due to the fault of someone else, we can help while you focus on recovering from what you have experienced. The Miami personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm are experienced in helping people like you recover the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
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