Most of the time, elevators function properly with no issues. Occasionally, however, they malfunction. When this happens, the results can be catastrophic. If you were involved in an elevator accident in Florida, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries.
An elevator accident lawyer in Florida at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine is ready and waiting to assist you following your elevator accident. You may be facing medical bills, in pain, unable to work, or struggling with the mental repercussions of your accident. You do not have to deal with this situation alone.
Contact our legal team at 1-800-747-3733. We can evaluate your case and advise you of your next steps.
Common Causes of Elevator Accidents
One of the most important aspects of your case is determining why the elevator accident occurred so we can pursue compensation from the responsible party.
Common causes of elevator accidents and injuries are:
- Defective Doors: The doors can cause injuries if they close too quickly, or if the sensors fail to detect a passenger in the doorway. This can result in cuts, bruises, or broken limbs.
- Missed Levels: Occasionally a malfunction can cause the elevator to open in the middle of a floor, instead of level with the walkway. Passengers may be injured attempting to climb out of the elevator and suffer cuts, broken bones, or bruises.
- Electric Shock: An electrical wiring malfunction may result in passengers being shocked by exposed wires or improperly wired elevators
- Falling or Moving Too Fast: A counterweight malfunction or computer failure can cause the elevator to move far too quickly or fall several floors. This may result in broken bones, head injuries, internal injuries, and spinal damage.
- Falls into Elevator Shafts: Rarely, an elevator door may open when no elevator is present in the shaft. An unsuspecting passenger may step into the shaft and fall many floors. This can result in broken bones, head injuries, or even death.
If you were injured in a Florida elevator accident, contact the legal team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733.
Damages You May Recover for Your Elevator Accident
If you suffered injuries in an elevator accident, you may be eligible to recover a wide range of both economic and non-economic damages. These damages may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Medical Bills: Including emergency care, surgeries, prescription drugs, and doctor appointments.
- Lost Wages: Recovery may include current and future lost wages caused by your injuries.
- Rehabilitation Costs: If you require physical therapy or similar care to recover from your injuries, you may recover those costs.
- Long-term Care Costs: If you are severely injured and unable to perform daily tasks you may be able to recover the costs of nursing home care or home nurses.
- Mental Health Recovery Costs: If you were traumatized by the accident, you may be able to recover the cost of therapy or other mental health services.
- Lost Enjoyment of Life: If your injuries are long-lasting, you may be able to recover damages related to the loss of pleasure in your life due to someone else’s negligence.
If your loved one died in an elevator accident, you may be able to recover damages in a wrongful death claim.
To determine the value of your case, we will evaluate the details of your accident and injuries. Call 1-800-747-3733 to discuss your specific case.
Determining Who Is Liable For Your Injuries
If the owner of the property failed to maintain the elevator properly or knew of issues but failed to restrict access to the elevator, you may have a valid premises liability case.
The Elevator Designer or Manufacturer
If the elevator design caused a malfunction, the designer may be legally liable for injuries that result. The manufacturer may be liable for faulty parts caused by mistakes in the manufacturing process.
The Elevator Inspection Company
By Florida law, elevators must be inspected annually to ensure they are in good working order. If the elevator inspector company employed an unlicensed inspector or if the inspector failed to note an issue, it may be liable for your injuries.
If a contractor who worked on the building where the elevator is located left a hazard that caused the elevator to malfunction, they could be liable for their negligence.
If you are injured in an elevator while at work, your employer may be responsible for your injuries, depending on the details of your case.
An elevator accident lawyer in Florida can determine who is liable for your injuries as a result of an elevator accident. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 for a free case evaluation of your case.
Time Limit on Recovering Damages in Florida
Florida law restricts the amount of time you have to recover damages in any personal injury lawsuit, including elevator accidents.
You have just four years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit to recover damages caused by your injuries. While four years may seem like plenty of time, your attorney needs time to investigate the accident. In addition, evidence may disappear over time, making it harder to prove your case.
Speak With an Elevator Accident Lawyer in Florida Today: 1-800-747-3733
If you were injured in an elevator accident, you have the right to hold the liable party responsible for your economic and non-economic damages. An elevator accident lawyer in Florida can help protect your rights and ensure the insurance company negotiates in good faith.