Elevator Accidents in Florida | What You Need to Know

Three closed elevator doors on a gray tiled wall with a central call panel displaying the number 5, and emergency features indicated nearby to ensure safety against potential elevator accidents.

Elevators are commonplace in the city of Jacksonville, which is why most of us don’t think twice when we board them. However, elevators can quickly become dangerous if insufficiently maintained, and if you are someone who has been injured in an elevator accident, you most likely now require financial compensation to heal. Continue reading and contact a knowledgeable Jacksonville personal injury attorney here at Ansbacher Law to learn more about elevator accidents and how our firm can help if you’ve been hurt in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of elevator accidents?

Though on the surface, they may not seem it, elevators are very complex machines with many working parts, and sometimes, all it can take is for one thing to go wrong for a serious accident to occur. Some of the most common causes of elevator accidents are as follows:

  • Pully system malfunctions
  • Doors opening or closing prematurely
  • Mis-leveling
  • Traveling at unsafe speeds
  • Improper wiring
  • Negligent elevator design/manufacturing
  • Failure to maintain the elevator/have it serviced

What should I do if I’m involved in an elevator accident?

If you are involved in an elevator accident, after calling emergency services to the scene, you should attempt to document the incident as best as you can. This includes asking any witnesses or other passengers for their contact information, taking pictures or videos of the accident/its aftermath, ensuring that you receive immediate medical attention and more. You should then speak with an experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorney who can fight for your rightful compensation.

How do I establish liability after an elevator accident?

To win compensation in a personal injury claim, we will have to prove that you were injured and incurred significant damages as a direct result of another party’s negligence. To do so, we will first have to establish liability. For example, if we determine that you were injured because of an unsafe elevator design or a negligent elevator manufacturer, we will file a product liability claim. However, if we determine that you were harmed as a result of the property owner failing to have the elevator serviced timely, or if we can prove that the elevator owner either knew or should have known about the unsafe elevator conditions and failed to fix them and you were injured as a result, we will most likely file a premises liability claim. Our firm is ready to help you today–all you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.

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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.