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Common Areas and Elevator Accidents

Elevator in office builidng. Downtown Los Angeles.
The red carpet may lead to an elevator and an accident.

Elevator accidents are caused by some malfunction of the elevator. As a matter of fact, this causes them to stop suddenly between floors or to collapse. Serious injuries and deaths have occurred in these incidents. Los Angeles is notorious for elevator problems. With its older buildings and busy traffic, these machines are bound to fail absent serious attention.

Also, the elevator company responsible for installing and maintaining elevators could be at fault. But also, the maintenance department of a building may be responsible. And their failure and mismanagement could lead to mass casualties and even wrongful death.

And this is called negligence, since if it was working properly and in good condition, the accident could be prevented. Ehline Law takes on many elevator-related accidents.

Examples of cases we take include arms getting stuck in elevators and limbs becoming lacerated, or amputated. Examples of people we would sue to include South Coast Plaza or Del Amo Mall in Torrance. With millions of dollars in recoveries for those poor folks without protection, Ehline has acted as a sword and a shield for many needing to get back on their feet. Here, we discuss the lesser known causes and effects of these negligence claims.

“Common Areas” and Elevators.

There are common areas where lifts are installed in office buildings, shopping malls, government buildings, hotels, schools, factories, work sites and some private residences.

Trapped in an Elevator – Pain, and Trauma.

When an elevator incident occurs, the person who is injured suffers pain, psychological problems, and expenses that intensify the suffering causing more difficulties. An individual trapped in an elevator that is stuck between floors is terrifying and may result in shock or suffocation.

If a person walks into an open shaft, which has no elevator and survives the fall, they will suffer severe injuries and emotional trauma.

Elevator Malfunction Causes.

The most common causes of elevator accidents are mechanical defects and elevators that are not adequately aligned with the floor, resulting in irregular leveling. Defective wiring can cause electrocution, door defects, poor maintenance, rider carelessness can cause accidents and wet floors can result in a slip and falls.

At least 27 people get killed, and 10,000 injured annually in elevator accidents. (read more). And some of the injuries being far-reaching.

General Injuries.

There are some injuries associated with elevator failures. These could be head injuries or back injuries. Many may involve severe back pain, injuries to legs, knees, elbows and wrists.

Negligence typically causes injuries by an individual or entity responsible for the elevator maintenance. And they should be held accountable. However, the maker or designer may also be at fault.

The wounded person, or the family of a loved one, have the unalienable right to file a lawsuit, naming the responsible party(ies), and successfully recover compensation for the injuries or death.

How Elevator Injuries Happen.

Elevator accidents are frequently the result of human error. Elevators are the age of the building or older. Sometimes in newer buildings, old elevators are installed to save money. Every day lifts are used for hundreds of trips up and down.

Any machinery and equipment that has a significant amount of use are bound to have parts that wear. In this case, it is the shaft and other elevator parts. When not maintained properly, injuries are sure to follow.

Elevator Mishaps Are Arbitrary and Staying Calm Saves Lives

Typically, this type of out of the blue event occurs to a rider without any warning. But sometimes, the owner or operator is on notice that there is a problem. So apparently, they know of the possible tragic consequences related to the continued operation of the lift device.

While it is not always possible to predict an accident, precautions can be taken. That way avoiding catastrophic events is possible. These precautions start with not rushing into an elevator just because the doors are closing.

Stuck Between Floors.

If the car gets stuck between floors, remain calm, and do not attempt to spread the sliding doors and leave the elevator, without assistance from professionals.

If the elevator doors are forced open, be certain they will not close before leaving. By not panicking, it can help to reduce or even prevent being injured. When you get rescued from a bad situation, get medical and legal help right.

Afterward, never give a statement to anyone until you speak with a lawyer. And make certain the attorney knows the danger zones and courts. Ehline suggests you hire someone who has taken on these cases and won. Call us now at (213) 596-9642.

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