Although elevators are normally quite safe, there are issues that can make them dangerous and lead to accidents and injuries. In larger cities there are obviously more incidents of elevator injuries than in smaller towns. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, elevators and escalators injure about 17,000 and kill about 30 people each year. Many of those injuries are caused by elevator malfunction due to misleveling. Misleveling occurs when the elevator fails to line up properly with the floor when it stops on a certain floor. People may either trip or fall when they get in or out of the elevator or injure themselves by a sudden fall if the distance in leveling was extreme. An overloaded or rapidly descending elevator can also cause injuries. Serious injuries such as back and neck injuries, fractures, head injuries or even internal organ injuries can result from these types of accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an elevator due to negligence, contact an experienced North Carolina premises liability attorney at the Lanier Law Group, P.A. We have offices available to serve you in Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, Asheville, and Jamestown. Our firm is dedicated to providing you with individual attention and providing you with the compensation you deserve for any injuries sustained.
There may be several avenues to pursue a claim for damages on your behalf. If the elevator malfunctioned due to poor or no maintenance our office can pursue a claim under premises liability law made against the owner of the building and/or the company responsible for the elevator maintenance. If the accident was caused due to a defect in manufacture, damages can be pursued against the manufacturer of the elevator under product liability laws.
Either type of claim requires a skilled and effective legal counsel who knows how to deal with large corporate entities. Our firm has dedicated and knowledgeable in-house insurance adjusters well versed in the inner workings of insurance companies. Together with our legal staff, our firm aggressively will pursue recovery for any damages you sustained as a result of injuries, including medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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