People typically assume that elevators are safe and that serious injuries from lift accidents are rare events. While it might be tempting to assume that malfunctioning elevators do not exist outside the world of Hollywood movies. Elevator accidents cause injury to over 11,000 people in a typical year according to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). These accidents typically result from the defective manufacture or design of an elevator or inadequate maintenance by the property owner or private maintenance company. If you suffer injury in a Florida elevator accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the elevator manufacturer, the property owner and/or the elevator maintenance company.
Our experienced personal injury lawyers have been collectively representing those seriously injured throughout Florida for over 130 years. If you are involved in an elevator accident, our experienced lawyers fight to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients. We carefully investigate elevator accidents to determine the cause and all potentially responsible parties, so we can build the most persuasive case possible.
Because elevators are not subject to federal regulation or oversight by the CPSC, safety issues and problems can occur when property owners or maintenance companies cut corners and neglect established industry safety standards. Elevators are typically inspected by state building inspectors. If an elevator accident is the result of a defective system or component, we may be able to file a product liability lawsuit to seek financial compensation.
The most common cause of elevator accidents might be the failure by a property owner to properly inspect the elevator or to conduct appropriate maintenance. A substantial majority of public and private buildings, shopping malls, and educational institutions fail to maintain current and accurate maintenance records regarding the upkeep of their elevators.
There are a range of other causes of elevator accidents. Elevator accidents can result from malfunction of the lift system and cabling, which frequently cause serious injury when a sudden jolting stop follows a free fall. Another common cause of elevator accidents involves an elevator failing to line up correctly with the building flooring. People also sometimes suffer injury from being trapped in elevators for extended periods of time. The prolonged period of forced enclosure can have serious physical consequences and cause lasting psychological harm.
While a wide range of injuries can occur when an elevator malfunctions, some of the most typical elevator accident injuries include the following:
- Injuries of the back and spine
- Traumatic head injuries
- Loss of function, sensation and/or chronic pain involving the joints (wrists, knees, ankles, elbows)
- Paralysis (quadriplegia/paraplegia)
If you are injured in an elevator accident, the Miami Personal Injury Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano offer the assistance you need to obtain the results you desire. With over 130 collective years of experience representing policyholders across South Florida, our firm provides legal representation of unmatched excellence. Contact our firm as soon as possible to start on the road to protecting your legal rights. Our firm received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and was ranked as a top firm in South Florida by the Miami Herald. Put our exceptional Florida Premises Liability Lawyers to work on your case. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.