If you have been to a shopping mall, department store, office, or apartment building recently, you most likely used an elevator. Nobody thinks twice about boarding an elevator, however, sometimes, accidents can happen. Elevators are composed of hundreds of parts, and all it takes is one thing to go wrong for a serious accident to occur. Passengers can do very little to protect themselves in these accidents, as they often happen suddenly. If you were injured in an elevator accident, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What are the most common causes of elevator accidents?
Though at first glance, elevators do not appear dangerous, when they improperly manufactured or maintained, anything can happen. Some potential causes of elevator accidents are as follows:
- Pully system malfunction
- Power failures
- Improper installations
- Faulty wiring
- Drive malfunction
- Negligent elevator design
- Mechanical breakdown
- Control system malfunction
- Abrupt stops
- Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
- Door operator errors
What injuries are most commonly sustained in elevator accidents?
Some injuries sustained in elevator accidents that have recovered financial compensation in the past are as follows:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Torn ligaments
- Soft tissue injuries
- Wrongful death
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Cuts and bruises
How do I recover financial compensation for my injuries?
Fortunately, an experienced attorney can help you prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. A knowledgeable attorney will assemble and present the most convincing case possible. To prove another party’s negligence, an attorney may use security camera footage, pictures of the safety hazard, witness testimony, police reports, medical documents and more.
After filing a claim, you should always be very careful about what you post on your social media accounts. Insurance companies may be monitoring your account to ensure you do not post anything that contradicts your claim. If you do and an insurance company sees, you will most likely be denied the financial compensation you truly need.
What is the statute of limitations in Florida?
The statute of limitations in Florida is four years. This means you have four years from the date of your accident to sue a negligent party. If you fail to do so, you will most likely lose your right to file a lawsuit. Do not wait. Hire one of our seasoned attorneys today.
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Ansbacher Law is composed 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.