Learn The Causes Of Elevator And Escalator Injuries
Many people blame themselves or are too embarrassed to file a claim after an elevator injury. In many cases the property owner is in fact liable, and injuries can be severe and lasting.
Let the experienced personal injury law firm of The Law Offices of Locklin & Coleman, PLLC, assess whether you have a viable claim for damages. With offices in Manassas and Fairfax, we represent clients in Prince William County and throughout Northern Virginia . Call today for a free case evaluation at 866-719-4394.
Building owners are responsible for injuries arising from maintenance or dangerous conditions, including elevator malfunction injury or escalator accidents:
- The elevator drops suddenly and jerks to a halt, causing a fall or back injury
- The elevator doesn’t level correctly, leading to a trip-and-fall when entering or exiting
- The safety mechanism in the doors fails to release, trapping a person
- A gap at the top, bottom or sides of an escalator grabs a shoe or clothing
- The escalator lurches or stops abruptly, causing a fall
Needless to say, if an elevator crashes all the way to the bottom or a person falls into an empty shaft, the victim would have an automatic claim for damages. In the other scenarios, we may have to prove premises liability — that the building owner knew of a danger and failed to have it fixed, or had neglected maintenance for a considerable period. We research the maintenance and repair records, city inspection reports and code violations, and interview witnesses or other tenants about the incident, previous elevator injuries or ignored complaints.
We can bring action against owners of an apartment building, office building, shopping mall, hospital, airport or any property. An elevator injury lawsuit might also name the manufacturer or maintenance company if the machine was recently serviced or found to be defective.