Who is Liable in an Elevator Accident?
An owner of a building that has tenants or visitors on the premises has
a duty to maintain the elevators in a safe condition. Because elevators
are usually used by invitees, the owner owes the highest degree of care.
The building owner may give some of this responsibility to a maintenance
company or building management company. However, building owners are liable
if they fail to hire a competent company and instead hire a company with
many open violations in the Department of Buildings. The management company
must take the elevator out of service, warn people not to use it if it
is not working correctly, proceed with necessary repairs, and arrange
for all the required inspections. If they fail to do so, and an elevator
drops suddenly, or has a door that doesn't work properly, they can
be liable for the head, back, neck, and other injuries sustained by the invitees.
Often, maintenance workers' negligence is the cause of an elevator
malfunctioning. Usually building owners hire a special maintenance company
to maintain the building's elevators in safe conditions. If a maintenance
company fails to do its job to maintain elevators in a safe operating
mode, fails to post a warning that work is being performed,or fails to
report any upgrade work to the Buildings Department in order to get an
inspection, the maintenance company is liable for any and all injuries.
Failure to follow these basic safety procedures may cost people their lives.
Oftentimes, when an accident takes place, it is the fault of the manufacturer
or the service vendors. The elevator could have a defective part and was
negligently maintained. These accidents may cause serious injuries, permanent
disability and death. If you or a loved one has been injured, give us
a call today to see how we can help. Our attorneys have access to the
best experts in Pennsylvania. While each case is different, our experienced
personal injury attorneys know how important it is to act fast in these
types of cases to make sure evidence is preserved.
At the Lassen Law Firm, we understand the enormous impact that a serious
accident can have on victims and their families. Our dedicated team of
civil litigation attorneys will work with you throughout the entire process
in order to help you recover the highest compensation available to you
under the law. We have recovered millions in jury awards, claims and settlements
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A big city may have as many as 60,000 elevators and, on average, there
are more than 50 elevator accidents per city in any given year. Anyone
can get injured in an elevator accident. No matter what degree of care
riders exercise, when an elevator collapses, injuries and even death are
unavoidable. Office building workers, construction site employees, mall
shoppers, hospital patients and airport passengers all rely on elevators
to quickly get to their destination. We have all heard from someone we
know a story about being stranded in a disabled elevator. No one, however,
expects to get injured while stepping into an elevator. The most shocking
recent fatal accidents are described below:
- In June 2012, a worker died in a fall down an elevator shaft on a cargo
ship. He was trapped between the elevator and a wall before someone was
lowered down to free him. He died on his way to the hospital.
- In December 2011, Suzanne Hart, an advertising executive, was killed in
an elevator accident. When she stepped into the elevator with one foot,
the elevator lurched up and dragged her until she was pinned between the
elevator and the wall, between the first and second floors. She was declared
dead at the scene. The accident was caused by maintenance workers'
failure to enable a door safety circuit on an elevator moments before
Suzanne stepped into it. If the circuit had been working properly, it
would have prevented the elevator from making an abrupt move and killing Suzanne.
When an accident happens, an investigation begins. The investigation is
focused on determining the cause of the accident. In almost all cases,
the malfunction of the elevator is the primary cause. A city's Department
of Buildings has data on violations involving a building's elevators
and whether there have been violations for hazardous conditions. It is
important to contact an attorney soon after the accident in order to start
private investigation into the cause of the elevator accident. The Lassen
Law Firm is here to help.
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