When they are not properly maintained, elevators can become extremely dangerous, and even lead to deadly accidents. If you have been involved in an elevator accident, you likely deserve compensation. Read on to learn more about elevator accidents in Maryland.
How do elevator accidents occur?
Elevator accidents can occur for any number of reasons. But, the majority of accidents are due to:
- Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
- Pully system malfunction
- Negligent elevator design
- Mechanical breakdown
- Improper installations
- Drive malfunction
- Faulty wiring
- Power failures
- Abrupt stops
- Door operator errors
Who is responsible for an elevator accident?
In Maryland, property owners are responsible for keeping their properties maintained at all times. If a landlord fails to keep his or her property safe, serious accidents can occur, and the landlord may be held responsible. Elevators need routine inspections and may need to be updated. If a landlord fails to conduct inspections, make repairs, etc., injuries can occur. In other cases, an elevator accident may occur due to faulty design, or a manufacturing error. In this case, you may need to hold the company that designed/built the elevator responsible.
What do I do if I am involved in an elevator accident?
If you are involved in an elevator accident, you will need to obtain proof of negligence. In order to do so, it is important to take the following steps:
- Call 911: The police can send an ambulance, secure the scene, interview witnesses, file an accident report, and more.
- Document the scene: While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Seek medical attention: Be sure to seek medical attention immediately after an accident occurs, even if you do not believe you have been severely injured. It is possible to obtain a serious injury without realizing it. Additionally, this can provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask the doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
If you have been injured in an elevator accident in Maryland, our firm will fight for you. Reach out today to discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated attorney.
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