Have you been involved in an elevator accident? There are about 900,000 elevators in the United States with each elevator transporting about 20,000 people per year. Most elevators are located within commercial, retail, or residential properties with an average 4 to 5 floors. Injuries from a faulty elevator can occur in a number of ways including:
- Elevator system malfunctions that cause the elevator to drop rapidly within the elevator shaft ·
- Failure of outer doors to protect people from the elevator shaft, resulting in an open shaft thereby increasing the risk of falling ·
- Faulty wiring, elevator control malfunction, or a risk of electrocution ·
- Leveling problems that can cause the elevator to misalign with the floor resulting in trips or falls ·
- Failure of doors to close properly resulting in pinching or nudging causing injuries ·
- Wiring malfunction or entrapment due to the heat from fire or water from emergency sprinklers or hoses ·
- Elevator entrapment when the doors malfunction and fail to open resulting in emergency rescue[/list]
While statistics about the number of faulty elevators in the U.S. is unknown, what is known is that about 27 people are killed in an elevator accident each year. Most injuries from faulty elevators are related to elevator door malfunction, carriage misalignment with floors, and passenger safety vulnerabilities and affect about 10,200 people each year.
While many people believe the manufacturer of the elevator may be at fault for an elevator accident, building owners and managers may also be at fault for elevator injuries if they fail to keep the elevator up to code for safety and fail to inspect the elevators pursuant to standards. They can also be sued if they do not implement emergency or rescue plans for elevator emergencies or fail to adequately train their employees.
Many building owners and managers employ service companies to maintain and inspect their elevators. The service company can also be held liable for elevators that are not maintained or are flawed. A services company may also be held responsible for defective repairs and not keeping maintenance records up to date.
If you or a family member has been injured in an elevator accident it is important to seek the assistance of an experience personal injury attorney. It is also important not to speak with or sign any documents from insurance companies, building owners, managers or service providers before talking to an attorney about your rights. If you happen to have an elevator accident, we can help. Contact our Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorney today at (702) 433-2889.