Elevator Injury Attorney L.A.


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Elevators revolutionized the industrialized world, allowing for massive transport along dozens of floors in high rises. While the elevator has provided increased convenience, it comes with its own injury. Dozens are injured every year by this now ubiquitous machine.

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Many modern elevators are safer than those from the past, although even modern ones cause injuries – often quite severe.

Often these types of injuries can be terrible, including:

  • Trapped arms or
  • Hands in caught in elevator doors that, once moving, could cause loss of the limb and even death.
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Downtown LA traffic sign with buildings in the background.

You, as a victim of such terrible injuries, will have many problems looking forward. And there is, of course, the long and painful physical and emotional recovery, coupled with severe medical bills.

If you or a loved one were involved in such an accident, you need a skilled attorney at your side. The attorneys at Ehline Law Firm stand ready to work with you and your family to get through this difficult time. For a free consultation of your legal rights, call us anytime at (213) 596-9642.


How Does Ehline Law Firm's Experience Make the Difference in Elevator Lawsuits?

Our founder’s years of experience in law practice and as a paralegal can be used to your advantage.

  • Our lead attorney, Michael Ehline, has over 20 years of legal experience, specialized from working in the greater LA area.
  • His associates in practice also have the localized experience needed to get a better settlement from the defendant and a fair hearing in court.

How Will Ehline Law Firm Comprehensively Investigate Your Rights To Money?

If you choose us to be your advocates, the Ehline Law Firm will pull out all the stops to help you win. We will start with a clear examination of your case and include all elements of a strong negligence claim.

And this will include comprehensive research of police and witness reports, medical records, travel to the scene of the accident, taking testimony, and determining how your case stacks up.

If your Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance does provide coverage, the responsible party for your injury often cannot offer you the true cost of your pain and suffering, especially when dealing with the mangling-type damages caused by elevators.

Do Statistics prove the dangers of working around or on elevators?

Yes. Statistics can be staggering when you look at all the missing digits cases from these events, let alone deaths.

  • There have been at least 21 people killed per year due to working in and around elevators over the last nine years.
  • In the construction industry, those that repair or install elevators are actually rated the 5th highest in work-related injuries and deaths.
  • A 7-year study by George Washington University showed that common elevator injuries include traumatic brain injuries, severe head injuries, cuts, and sprains.
  • From 1992 to 2001, there were a shocking 207 wrongful deaths related to elevators, including 146 deaths on or near elevators.
  • During the same period, another 61 were killed while riding, entering, or exiting elevators.
  • Over six years, a total of 83 died while installing or repairing elevators. Of these, 27 persons died while working on elevator shafts or cars. And 36 were killed while working next to an elevator.
  • Other causes of regular injuries included objects that fell from an elevator on to people.

What are the Various Causes of Elevator Accidents?

Firstly, elevator accidents are often 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.

Secondly, 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. Many of these types of injuries happen when the partitioned chamber, also is known as the "cage," is not flush with the building's floor.

This ridge is typically not noticeable but creates a:

  • The trip, slip, and fall risk to the commuters boarding or existing elevator cars.

What About Your Risk of Elevator Door Traps?

Other examples include when passengers attempt to hold the doors by placing an arm or leg between them. This can cause loose clothing, fingers, and hair to be trapped and cause further injuries. Ouch!

  • What are Some Common Elevator Mechanical Errors?

Mechanical errors can also cause problems, such as sudden stops, acceleration, and forcing doors closed. Furthermore, rare cases of frayed or weakened elevator trolley cables snapping with safety brake systems failure can cause a free fall to the lowest floor– crushing or killing the occupants.

  • What About Employees Who Get Hurt in Elevators?

Employees, such as waiters and janitors, can be hurt by these machines. As seen with the statistics, many of these types of severe harm can be fatal, including in the state of California.

Facing down both such a severe injury, recovery, and a court case alone is nearly impossible. Having a skilled advocate on your side is vital to win in court and get the settlement you deserve, especially when dealing with multiple negligible parties.

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Negligence that can be attributed to the manufacturer includes:

  • Not testing and inspecting for defaults before selling the elevator
  • Severe design flaws
  • Failure to warn of risks and hazards related to using (learn more about the defective product here.)

The owner or manager of the building must maintain the elevator up to the proper safety code. In fact, they must assure proper maintenance and inspections. Failing to follow protocols could subject a maintenance specialist, or building owner, or both, to a negligence lawsuit.

Also, failing to properly implement emergency or rescue plans for elevator emergencies, including training their employees, could easily lead to a lawsuit. Any service company may be liable for elevators not properly maintained or flawed. Also, this remains true, whether from the start or due to poor repairs.

Common Areas And Elevator Accidents And Personal Injury.

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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. Elevator doors often cause amputations.

Severe injuries and deaths have occurred in these incidents. Los Angeles is notorious for elevator problems. With its older buildings and heavy traffic, these machines have an increased chance of failure.

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

And this is known in the legal community as "negligence." So in this case, the company hosting the elevator failed in its obligations to keep the elevator in working order. Ehline Law takes on many elevator-related accidents.

General Injuries.

Of particular interest, some common injuries remain 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.

Examples of cases we take include arms stuck in elevators and limbs lacerated or amputated. Examples of people we would sue include the South Coast Plaza or Del Amo Mall in Torrance. With millions of dollars in recoveries for those poor folks without protection, Ehline acted as a sword and a shield.

Ehline did so for many people who needed to get back on their feet. Here, we discuss the lesser-known causes and effects of these negligence claims and how to proceed if you were injured.

"Common Areas" and Elevators.

There are common areas where lifts are installed in office buildings, shopping malls, government buildings, hotels, schools, factories, worksites, and some private residences. The landlord is liable for negligence in common areas they own or control.

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.

Above all, 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, the neglect 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.

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 events related to the operation of the lift device.

Also, while it is not always possible to predict an accident, precautions can be taken. That way avoiding catastrophic events is possible—these start with not rushing into an elevator just because the doors are closing.

Stuck Between Floors.

Firstly, 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.

Furthermore, 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. Seek immediate legal assistance.

What are the Legal Rights of Elevator Accident Victims?

Your rights to compensation and assistance can be many. But you're probably not a trained lawyer. But the good news is, we are. So if you got injured due to such an accident, you must know your legal rights.

And that means you must immediately contact a legal expert to see what your options are before time to sue runs out. Luckily, a specialized Los Angeles accident attorney that deals with elevator injuries can make sure that your dealings with insurance companies and others are on the up and up.

By and by, this assures, you are not offered less than deserving compensation.

How Do You Get Compensation for an Elevator Related Accident?

The mounting medical treatment bills are just a part of the long process of recovery from such an accident. When dealing with lost income or increased living costs, the bills can quickly add up.

Many expenses can spiral out of control and become unsustainable. And over time, this spending can empty your pocketbook. But they are also terrible for your physical and mental health. Last, once you are broke, you may need to file for bankruptcy protection.

What About a Wrongful Death Due to An Elevator Accident?

In even worse cases, such as fatalities, the remaining family members have a tremendous burden to bear. Not only must they emotional distress, but they must also bear the cash cost of a burial, while simultaneously suffering a loss of income and emotional stability.

When faced with such a crisis, the helping hand of a legal expert is crucial to getting your life back on track.

Claims can be filed to make up for past, and future suffering due to such an elevator injury are among other things:

  • Repayment for past and present medical charges.
  • Repayment for last rites and funeral ceremonies.
  • Payments for past, present, and future pain and suffering.
  • Remuneration for extreme psychological and mental harm.
  • Compensation for pain management and long term therapy treatments.
  • Payment for past, present, and future lost earnings and lost the ability to continue earning.

Who Is Liable to Pay You?

Negligence typically causes injuries by an individual or entity responsible for 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, has the right to file a lawsuit, naming the responsible party(ies), and recover compensation for the injuries or death.

How Do You Consult With a Lawyer Now Regarding Your Elevator-Type Calamity?

A lawyer with knowledge of personal injury law, the local court system, and specialization in elevator injuries remains vital in winning your elevator accident claim.

Ehline Law Firm can do what is necessary to give you your best chance in your injury lawsuit or liability insurance claim. Our reputation speaks for itself– winning hundreds of cases worth millions in settlements. Call us today for a free consultation at (213) 596-9642.