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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.

Some malfunctions of the elevators cause elevator accidents. This malfunction may cause them to stop suddenly between floors or to collapse. Other times, your arm or leg could be chopped off due to a defective door trapping you.

Severe 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 severely, absent attention.

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

And this is called negligence, since if it was working correctly 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 stuck between floors remains in a terrifying spot. A case such as this 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. For example, elevators not adequately aligned with the floor can mean irregular leveling. Defective wiring can cause electrocution and door defects.

Poor maintenance and rider carelessness are also factors we see in many Los Angeles elevator mishaps. Plus, carelessness of building owners can cause accidents where wet and greasy floors result in slips and fall at or near hotel or cruise ship lobbies, for example.

Statistics show that 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.

Who Is Liable to Pay You?

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 with significant use are bound to have mechanical parts that wear down. In this case, it is the shaft and other elevator parts. When not appropriately maintained, 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 sure they will not close before leaving. By not panicking, it can help to reduce or even prevent injuries. When you get rescued from a bad situation, get medical and legal help right.

Afterward, never state to anyone until you speak with a lawyer. And make sure 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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