Thousands of people each day step onto elevators in hotels, office buildings, and malls without a single thought as to the possibility that an elevator malfunction may occur, causing injury and harm to the occupants. In a high-rise city such as Atlanta, elevators are an efficient and economical means of transportation, and also one of the most important maintenance issues building managers face. When compared to the number of elevator rides on any given day, incidences of elevator accidents are rare, but the injuries caused by these accidents are very serious and often fatal.
By thoroughly investigating maintenance, inspection and accident records where an incident occurred, an experienced premises liability attorney can usually determine who should be held liable for an elevator malfunction. Individuals should have a reasonable assurance of safety when using any public equipment in or around a business premises. When this safety is compromised, the most likely cause is poor maintenance. This may be the responsibility of members of the staff employed by the building or property owner or it could be a matter that is handled by an outside company. The aid of a knowledgeable accident lawyer is important when trying to determine who is responsible for injuries caused in an elevator accident.
The possible injuries from an elevator accident can involve cuts and bruises or trauma to joints and limbs from doors closing prematurely, or head trauma or other serious injury caused by a malfunction of the elevator. Elevator accident lawyers help injured parties obtain settlements or file lawsuits for damages for injuries caused by:
Most elevator accidents involve either some malfunction of the system of cables and pulleys used to operate the device or an electrical malfunction.
According to ConsumerWatch.com, elevator accidents affect more than 10,000 individuals each year, sometimes resulting in death. Contributing to elevator malfunctions is the fact that elevators are not subject to federal accident investigations and information about defective parts recalls is not made widely available, as manufacturers are only required to notify the owners of the equipment.
If you have been injured or traumatized due to the failure of an elevator to operate properly, contact Buddoo and Associates immediately to begin a discussion with a knowledgeable attorney regarding your case. Our Atlanta elevator accident attorneys are focused on helping you receive fair compensation. Call (404) 870-3557 today or reach out through our online contact form.