Can I Sue For an Elevator Accident Injury in Florida?

Jun 25, 2020 - Personal Injury

Multi-story buildings are everywhere in Jacksonville, which means many people board elevators on a daily basis. Of course, seldom do we think that an accident will ever occur, however, they happen more often than anyone would like to admit. Elevator accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons, including drive system malfunctions, pully malfunctions, power failures, failure to adequately maintain the elevator, and more. Regardless of the cause, if you have been injured in an elevator accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation. Please read on and reach out to our experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorneys to learn more about elevator accidents and how we can help you if you’ve been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What should I do if I am injured in a malfunctioning elevator?

If you are injured in a malfunctioning elevator, the first thing you should do is push the alarm button for assistance. From here, you should immediately call the police, who will send additional first responders, such as the fire department and an ambulance to the scene of the accident. Next, if you can, you should take pictures or a video of the unsafe conditions that caused your accident and ask anyone who witnessed your accident for their name, phone number, and email. Once you receive medical treatment, ensure you do not leave without medical documentation detailing the origin and extent of your injuries, including how they will affect your daily life for the foreseeable future. Finally, ensure you retain the services of an experienced Florida personal injury attorney who can gather all additional evidence needed to determine the party responsible for your injuries and satisfy the burden of proof on your behalf. 

Who is responsible for an elevator accident in Florida?

Once you hire an attorney, he or she will first have to determine the liable party–this is often easier said than done, as there may be one or more parties responsible. For example, if our firm can prove that you were injured because of a negligent elevator designer or manufacturer, you will most likely file a product liability lawsuit, However, if we can prove that the property knew or should have known about the unsafe elevator, failed to fix it timely, and you were injured and suffered significant damages as a result, we will most likely file a premises liability lawsuit. The bottom line is that to win the compensation you deserve, you need an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the claims process ahead. 

How long do I have to sue someone for an injury in Florida?

Oftentimes, people will wait to file a lawsuit after sustaining an injury to see if that injury heals on its own. This is completely understandable, however, we must advise anyone whose been wrongly injured that the sooner they bring their claim to our firm’s attention, the better. Florida has a four-year statute of limitations in place for personal injury claims, which means that in most cases, if you wait any longer than four years from the date of your accident to sue, you will most likely be barred from doing so. Do not let this happen–we are ready to begin fighting for your right to a swift recovery today–all you have to do is ask. 

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Ansbacher Law is comprised of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.

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