When an elevator malfunctions it can cause serious injuries to the passengers. This type of claim falls under premises liability law and can result in damages for those injured by the negligence of others or a defective machine. Some of the most types of elevator malfunctions we see at Emerson Straw Injury Law include:
Power failures: When an elevator comes to an abrupt stop from power failure, passengers inside are often jostled about which can cause severe injury.
Sudden stops: Sudden stops either occur as a result of power failure or a poorly maintained elevator. When the elevator reaches each floor it is programmed to stop slowly. When this programming is incorrect or there is an electrical failure, passengers may fall or hit their head.
Doors fail to open: When the doors of the compartment fail to open at a stop, it can quickly become very uncomfortable for passengers trapped on board. People with claustrophobia or anxiety disorders may panic. If it is hot, elderly persons may begin to feel ill. Ultimately, if passengers are in distress and spend a long time stuck on the elevator, they may be eligible to claim damages.
Poorly maintained machinery: An elevator is a complex machine that requires regular maintenance to ensure that the car, cables, pullies, air traps, motion detectors, programming, and other parts are functioning properly. If a property manager, landlord, or technician fails to perform the appropriate maintenance and repairs, people are at a higher risk of sustaining an elevator injury.
If you have recently been injured due to an elevator failure, contact us today. One of our attorneys is here to get you the compensation you deserve.