Elevator and Escalator Accidents
We step onto elevators and escalators without a second thought every single day. And yet, elevator and escalator accidents cause injuries and even death every year. The injuries range from minor scratches, scrapes, and bruises to the truly horrifying – limb amputations, disfigurement, and brain damage.
When these accidents occur, it is always a good idea to meet with a personal injury lawyer to discuss the situation. It’s possible that the victim could be entitled to compensation for their injuries because of negligence.
Determining Responsibility For Elevator And Escalator Accidents
Figuring out who was responsible for the accident is the first step in determining liability and obtaining compensation for the injuries suffered. Escalator and elevator accident liability can usually be traced back to one or more of three usual suspects: the property owner, the elevator manufacturer, and the maintenance company.
Elevators and escalators require constant maintenance and safety checks to ensure they are operating properly and pose no risk to the public. This is part of a Florida property owner’s legal requirement to maintain their premises in reasonably safe condition. Accidents that result from owner’s failing in this responsibility can lead to premises liability lawsuits.
Similarly, if the elevator or escalator was found to be materially defective or improperly maintained, the manufacturer or maintenance company can be held liable for the injuries, depending on the circumstances.
The Beregovich Law Firm thoroughly investigates maintenance records, inspection logs, operating permits, insurance policies and more to determine where responsibility for the accident lies and who should pay for your injuries.
The Beregovich Law Firm Can Help You Obtain Compensation For Elevator or Escalator Accidents and Injuries
Compensation from elevator and escalator accidents can help pay for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, rehab costs, and more. If the victim dies, his or her family can file a wrongful death claim which helps pay for similar expenses in addition to funeral costs and loss of income and loss of companionship resulting from the death.
You should not be made to live with lifelong suffering just because someone didn’t fulfill their duties related to elevator or escalator care and maintenance. Contact The Beregovich Law Firm at (800) 631-9009 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a free, no obligation review of your case.