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Elevators revolutionized the industrialized world, allowing massive vertical transport along dozens of floors in high rises cruise vessel decks, commercial buildings, and structures. (Some hoists are specialized for vertically lifting heavy freight). Since we started practicing law in 2005, our elevator accident attorneys in Los Angeles have seen great lift technology advances.
And with that, we have also seen a rise in elevator and escalator accidents across the Golden State. For Example, some modern elevators convey passengers sideways as well as travel up-and-down. Many modern elevators are safer than past models (albeit older structures still use old elevators as part of our everyday lives). When an elevator accident occurs, serious injuries, or wrongful death are a consequence.
If you suffered injuries from elevator malfunctions, take some time to read this article to avoid the danger of elevator accidents.
Below, our top-notch lawyers discuss your “stuck-in elevator lawsuit” needs, including the payment of compensation for common elevator accident injuries after an elevator malfunction. Let’s talk about Los Angeles elevator accidents and the consequences of failing to repair broken elevators. In the end, we will offer some bonus information and offer you a free case evaluation with a top-rated, multi-million dollar advocate to discuss your individual situation. Elevator accidents are our specialty and claim to fame.
Ehline Law takes on many elevator-related accidents. Our founder’s years of experience in law practice dealing with multi-story lift claims and a complex litigation paralegal will be advantageous. What are some other reasons we are your best choice for a local Los Angeles accident law firm?
Our award-winning accident lawyers understand that you may have been trapped in a building along Wilshire Blvd., or other location like Beverly Hills, CA. (imagine being claustrophobic with no lights, restroom, or heater, freezing.).
Our years of valuable, hands-on experience as charismatic Los Angeles elevator accident attorneys help victims file insurance claims against negligent people. People we help you make claims against include persons responsible for inspecting, documenting, and addressing equipment malfunctions. (Ex: Was janitorial cleanliness in place? If so, was it designed to prevent slips, trips, and falls, especially during rainy weather?)
If you or a loved one suffered a Los Angeles malfunctioning elevator catastrophic loss, online sources would present you with many helpful options for legal counsel. But when you want the best Los Angeles elevator attorney to acquire the compensation you deserve, you’ll heed the below information. For this reason, we offer a free consultation at (213) 596-9642 to review your potential legal matter or workers compensation claim.
These machines still have bugs that can lead to a moving stairway, or elevator malfunction, even with timely repairs. So it remains a costly liability risk for many property owners. Most cases we help with involve injuries in older, run-down elevators. Most of you know these ubiquitous machines can cause severe injuries or massive-scale wrongful death in the Los Angeles area. Lack of inspection and maintenance is a threat to most people.
Also, passengers and tiny children trapped while riding inside elevators risk severe crush injuries, injuries to fingers, and hands, broken legs, dislocated joints, or head injuries. Imagine the elevator moving with your limb trapped between floors and the injuries suffered like internal bleeding.
Dozens of people riding elevators become trapped, fall, or get thrown to the ground every year riding these machines. Some injured elevator riders face isolation, stuck inside an elevator bank for hours or days. Our award-winning attorneys ensure that the at-fault parties are held liable to pay for your lost wages, pain, suffering, and other damages.
Sex Attacks: Women, in particular, may face sexual assault when negligent security fails to account for localized criminal activities.
Other victims, including people who use wheelchairs, are denied safe access under the Americans With Disabilities Act. (ADA). Our Los Angeles injury lawyers have a solid reputation for litigating and winning cases for victims injured by vertical lift ride incidents.
Your rights to compensation and assistance can be many. (For example, if you are already an anxious victim, courts will instruct jurors to consider this when counting your damages amounts). We will only stop at something regarding meeting your client’s needs. But you must know your legal rights, duties, and obligations. You already know that only an attentive, caring lawyer will be poised to help you decisively win.
And that means you must immediately contact a legal expert and explore your options before your statutory time to file an elevator accident lawsuit runs out under the applicable statutes of limitations. We can ensure that your dealings with insurance companies and others are on the up and up to get you the financial compensation you deserve.
Yes. Victims of terrible elevator accidents or related injuries will face many future financial and personal challenges. Hobbled victims must endure long and painful physical and emotional recoveries. Victims with missing digit cases will require reparative surgery. Their medical expenses and unpaid medical bills stack up as wounded; displaced victims endure years of patient re-adaptation and outpatient medical care.
Often, personal injury lawyers must seek payments from government agencies like Social Security while the case moves forward. Our job includes helping victimized clients receive total and fair compensation for job retraining and lifetime psychological care. (Read more below about Personal Injury Compensation)
We will start with a precise examination of your case and include all elements of a strong negligence claim.
And this will include comprehensive research of police and witness reports, gathering medical records, traveling to accident scenes, taking witness testimony, and determining how your case stacks up.
Suppose your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance does provide coverage. In that case, the responsible party causing your injury must offer you the actual cost of your pain and suffering, especially when undergoing mangling-type injury damages caused by malfunctioning elevator rides.
Yes. Statistics can be staggering when you look at all the missing digits cases from these events, let alone deaths.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that elevator and escalator accidents cause around 30 deaths annually in the United States. Our U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics claims that approximately 10,200 elevator passengers are seriously injured annually. Like an escalator injury accident, your low-hanging clothing article, dress, pant leg, shoelaces, arm, or leg can become entrapped.
But different from an escalator accident, victims often become trapped by malfunctioning sliding doors and power failures. (Click here for escalator accident help). Elevator owners are supposed to employ competent maintenance workers to obviate these problems. But sometimes, a serious injury or death is unavoidable.
Human error causes most elevator accidents, including negligent maintenance and repair, leading to mechanical defects. For example, elevators must be adequately aligned with the floor to mean irregular leveling. Defective wiring can cause electrocution and door defects. Failing to inspect can cause an accident to occur.
Sometimes elevator riders act carelessly or recklessly. Our team has seen many Los Angeles elevator mishaps, so we know the other side has defenses. Plus, building owner neglect causes accidents sometimes. (Ex: Wet and greasy floor results in slip and fall at or near a cruise ship or hotel lobby). The good news is our superior L.A. personal injury attorneys can handle all of this fact-finding work on your behalf.
Negligence, Negligent Hiring/Negligent Supervision: Failing to supervise building maintenance or repairs or vet workers properly, or relying on outside contractors, including manufacturers, to upkeep their vertical lifts causes many calamities. Many parties may have some fault. Your injury lawyer will need to identify who should be held liable in maintenance records.
Negligent Elevator Maintenance/Repair: Every day, vertical building lifts make hundreds of trips up and down for agricultural workers, building tenants, and visitors to structures. Any machinery and equipment undergoing effective use will see mechanical parts wear down frequently. (especially elevator shafts). When responsible parties fail to maintain essential component elevator repair parts, elevator accidents and bodily injuries will surely follow.
IMPORTANT: Old housing structures often have old lifts, and sometimes, newer buildings install used ones to save money.).
Manufacturing Defects/Failure To Warn
Negligence attributed to manufacturers include:
We have assisted wounded victims riding escalators, chain and bucket elevators, agricultural grain auger screw conveyors, and horizontal belt-driven transports. (Archimedes’ screw, chain, or hay elevator paddle and fork-type lifts are our specialties).
In most cases we help victims with involving negligent maintenance, repair, or failure to replace a failed or defective:
Defective counterweight systems we help with include:
You already know that trapped arms or legs, including hands caught in moving elevator doors, could cause the loss of a limb and even death. Examples of cases we take include arms stuck in elevators and limbs lacerated or amputated.
We help victims suffering terrible elevator injuries, including:
Of particular interest, some common injuries remain associated with elevator failures, including head injuries or back injuries. Many elevator crash victims will suffer severe back pain and injuries to their legs, knees, elbows, and wrists.
Our Los Angeles elevator wrongful death attorneys have seen breadwinner fatalities leave surviving family members bearing tremendous burdens. Not only must survivors face emotional distress, but they must also bear the cash cost of burial while simultaneously suffering a loss of income and emotional stability. When severe accident victims are left faced with such a crisis, the helping hand of a legal expert remains crucial to getting your life back on track.
Examples of people we would sue include store owners or controllers in the South Coast Plaza or Del Amo Mall in Torrance. Other examples may include farms, warehouses with lifts, including forklift mechanical devices.
Under California Negligence Law, The Liable Party Failing To Keep You Safe Must Pay Your Compensation Damages
A great lawyer will assist OSHA and other health and safety agencies, including police, in their criminal or worker’s compensation case. We can argue res judicata or negligence per se if the DA gets a plea or criminal liability conviction. Also, we can pressure criminal defendants to pay the victim’s restitution, enforceable as contempt of court.
In the legal community, “negligence” law means we can file a lawsuit seeking reparations from anyone with a duty to keep you safe who didn’t, causing your suffering and injuries. At the top of the list of persons, we file lawsuits against the company hosting the elevator. Our top-notch elevator accident attorneys in Los Angeles have experience suing these defendants for failing to keep their elevators in proper working order.
However, we may also need to hold the elevator maker or designer accountable for their role. The wounded person or the family of a loved one has the right to file a lawsuit, naming the responsible party(ies), seeking compensatory recovery for injuries, suffering, or death.
You may have other causes of action theories besides negligent hiring or negligent supervision mentioned above. Operators and owners are considered common carriers with a heightened duty of care to passengers. Sometimes, the premises owner or operator is on notice that there is a problem.
They should have known but failed to pay attention or make reasonable inspections. Either way, the plaintiff can hold them liable under California negligence laws.
General Negligence: Most California personal injury claims will fall under negligence causes of action.
The plaintiff must prove their burden by showing:
Negligence Premises Liability: A defendant landlord or premises owner may be held legally liable to the injury victim for negligent property use or maintenance.
Under California premises liability laws, plaintiff’s the burden includes proving:
Our premises liability lawyer has won cases like these and is ready to help you.
Manufacturing Negligence: Your lawyer may need to file claims against the elevator manufacturer using California’s product liability laws. Ehline Law Firm will typically sue a negligent product designer, manufacturer, or seller under strict liability products for failing to warn of product dangers causing someone’s injury or death.
False Imprisonment: In egregious or reckless elevator claims, you may be able to sue defendants for trapping you, allowing you no reasonable means of escape.
A Civil Defendant’s Duties Will Vary Based On Duties Owed
Although the prosecutor may hold some parties criminally liable, our job as civil negligence law attorneys means seeking money. Everyone involved in keeping the failed elevator safe for everyday use may bear financial liability. The party responsible for overseeing the operation typically has the most legal liability.
In some cases, the building owner or maintenance employee caused the mishap. But low-level employees will need more assets to cover accident claims. Your elevator accident attorneys must sue using “Respondeat Superior” laws, holding their employer vicariously liable for their employee’s negligence.
A building owner or manager must:
Elevator service companies will be liable when they:
There are common areas where lifts are installed in office buildings, shopping malls, government buildings, hotels, schools, factories, worksites, and private residences. The landlord is liable for negligence in common areas they own or control.
What About Employees Who Get Hurt Riding Elevators? Who Pays?
These machines can hurt employees, such as waiters and janitors. The statistics show that many of these severe harm types can be fatal, including in California.
Plaintiffs such as this are left pursuing work comp insurance but may also need to hire Ehline Law Firm for any third-party liability. Facing down a severe injury court case alone is nearly impossible. Having a skilled advocate on your side is vital for receiving your deserved settlement, especially when you’re dealing with multiple negligent parties.
To achieve your goal of receiving maximum compensation, your lawyer must hire damages calculation experts and conduct intense evidence discovery during pre and post-litigation case proceedings. The settlement may account for the financial losses suffered by the victim and compensation for non-economic harm.
These compensatory damages may include the following:
Your lawyer will file a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit seeking accident-related money damages compensation. Compensation “damages” payments are how lawyers resolve civil negligence cases. After jurors consider the victim’s role in causing their injuries, the jury will award that party their reasonable money damages, less their portion of shared contributory negligence.
If the other parties are 100% liable, they must all play their total apportioned share. Calculating your damages largely depends on work your lawyer did up front, evidence gathering.
Elevator accident victims are entitled to receive three types of damages:
The mounting medical treatment bills and related expenses remain a small part of the long personal injury damages recovery process after an elevator accident. Your bills will quickly rise when you are dealing with lost income or increased living costs.
Plaintiffs can seek money for:
The serious accident victim’s expenses can spiral out of control, becoming unsustainable, emptying their pocketbook, and further harming their physical and mental health. Last, once you are broke, you may seek bankruptcy protection. A top-notch personal injury lawyer can be your guiding light during this crucial recovery period, protecting your valuable credit score.
When an elevator incident occurs, the injured person suffers pain and psychological problems, and expenses can intensify their suffering. An individual trapped in an elevator, stuck between floors, remains in a terrifying spot. A case such as this may result in permanent, severe emotional shock or suffocation.
The same parties responsible for an elevator injury may also be liable for a fatal elevator accident. When someone dies in an elevator, their eligible surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim.
A wrongful death lawsuit allows certain family members to seek compensation when a loved one is killed in an accident. Whoever was responsible for causing the fatal accident, including the manufacturer, property owner, or elevator service company, is liable for damages.
Damages in a wrongful death lawsuit are different from those available in a personal injury lawsuit and can include:
Wrongful Death Special Damages:
Wrongful Death General Damages:
Only some of the decedent’s survivors maintain wrongful death lawsuit rights.
Generally, family members entitled to file a California wrongful death will include decedents:
TIP: Staying Calm Saves Lives
Elevator Mishaps Are Arbitrary, so stay calm. By not panicking, it can help to reduce or even prevent injuries or paralysis in many cases.
TIP: Passengers Stuck Between Floors
Only attempt to spread the sliding doors and leave the elevator if they will not close before leaving. Call us today and seek immediate legal assistance by dialing our phone number at (213) 596-9642. We are ready to file your Los Angeles elevator accident lawsuit today.
You may be entitled to compensation if you were injured in an elevator in Los Angeles. All you need to do is pick up your phone. Our reputation speaks for itself–winning hundreds of cases worth millions in settlements. The severe injury attorneys at Ehline Law Firm stand ready to work with accident victims and families 24/7, helping them endure this difficult time.
To receive your free consultation explaining your legal rights, call us anytime at (213) 596-9642. If you seek faster service from an attentive, listening Los Angeles elevator accident attorney, use our online website contact form.