Many of us do not think twice about stepping into an elevator. But, elevators can be more dangerous than you may realize. In fact, if not properly built or maintained, serious accidents can occur. Read on to learn more about elevator accidents in Florida and what to do if an injury occurs.
What are Common Types of Elevator Accidents?
There are a number of ways elevator accidents can occur. The most common injuries that result from these accidents include:
- Electrocutions due to faulty wiring
- Tripping due to uneven or unbalanced leveling with the floor
- Falling down the elevator shafts
- Getting caught in between malfunctioning doors
- Being whipped around due to excessive elevator speed
- Elevator fires
Can I Recover Compensation?
After an elevator accident takes place, those who are involved can suffer significantly. This can be physically, emotionally, and financially. To cover the expenses related to this trauma, people often pursue compensation through legal action. The following injuries may be compensated for:
- Cuts and bruises
- Crush injuries
- Back injuries
- Head trauma
- Neck injuries
- Severed limbs
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
Often, elevator accidents are the result of a property owner not conducting routine inspections or a manufacturer being negligent during production. If this occurs, your injury may be due to another party’s negligence. As a result, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof of this negligence. This can be done by taking photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Additionally, it is important to seek medical attention. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injury. Before leaving, be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents. Lastly, be sure to contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away.
If you have been injured in an elevator accident in Florida, contact our experienced firm today.
Contact our experienced Florida firm
Here at Manuel & Thompson, P.A., we understand the potentially devastating effect that an injury can have on an individual and his or her family, which is why we are dedicated to helping all those who’ve been injured due to no fault of their own. Our firm also proudly handles insurance disputes, hurricane claims, fire loss claims, commercial litigation, and construction law matters. To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.