When people think of premises liability, they probably immediately think of someone slipping and falling in a store or on a faulty sidewalk. However, landlords, employers, elevator companies, and even mass transit authorities can all be responsible for injuries on their property or equipment they operate. Every year, individuals are injured in accidents that occur when premises and equipment are not properly maintained or managed. These injuries can range from cuts, bruises, broken or fractured limbs, to injuries such as brain injuries or even death.
Elevator accidents are considered premises liability cases. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 60 fatalities involving elevator accidents between 1992 ands 2003. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 9,800 elevator injuries in 1994 involving victims being sent to hospitals. There are approximately 500,000 elevators across the United States, with millions of individual elevator trips taken each day. Although state regulations cover the safe construction, operation, and maintenance of elevators, non-compliance with these regulations is common. Common elevator accidents involve:
- Sudden acceleration or deceleration of speed
- Sudden stops
- Stopping in between floors
- Failing to stop so that the bottom of the elevator is level with the floor
- Falling elevator
- Getting struck by or caught between the elevator doors
- Trip accidents
- Fall accidents
Property owners who have elevators on their premises have an obligation to make sure that the elevator is working properly, and that all maintenance checks and repairs are up-to-date. Failure to fulfill these obligations can be grounds for a premises liability claim and a lawsuit.
If you have been injured in an elevator accident, or if your loved one has been injured or killed in an elevator accident, you should consult with a skilled premises liability attorney to determine if your have a claim and to help protect your legal rights.
The personal injury or wrongful death aspect of such a case is best dealt with by an attorney who has the experience and knowledge that will help ensure the best possible outcome for you or your loved one. Contact the personal injury lawyers at Rosen Louik & Perry to obtain your FREE consultation. Our law firm has handled hundreds of personal injury and premises liability cases.