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Elevator Accidents

Elevators and escalators have become common throughout the country. As big buildings and department stores become more popular, the use of elevators seems almost like a necessity. Taking an elevator is a routine part of the day, but it sometimes can be forgotten that they can be dangerous.

Workers and passengers on elevators can be injured in several different scenarios. Often times, accidents and the subsequent injuries are a result of the building manager or owner being negligent. The accident likely could have been avoided, and with the help of an attorney you could prove it.

Melbourne Elevator Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in an elevator or escalator accident, contact a Melbourne elevator accident lawyer at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter. As a guest on premises, you have the expectation you will be safe. Although not every incident is preventable, you expect actions have been taken to help ensure your safety. You should not have to pay for someone else's negligence.

Call (321) 586-9944 to speak with an experienced attorney at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter. The team represents clients throughout South and Central Florida, including Palm Bay, Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Rockledge, Indian Harbour Beach and the surrounding areas. Let James Coulter of The Law Offices of James B. Coulter fight for the compensation you deserve.

Information About Elevator Accidents in Florida

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Common Causes of Elevator Accidents

Poor or lack of maintenance often is the cause of elevator accidents in Florida. When elevators have been used for several years they require a certain level of maintenance. If the building managers or owners do not check on the machinery, they could be considered negligent.

In cases of negligence, you may have a claim under premises liability. However, in cases where the elevator, elevator shaft or escalators already were faulty when the products were installed, you may have a claim under product liability.

The types of elevator failure that are likely to cause injury include:

  • Mis-leveling of elevator car
  • Defective sliding doors
  • Abrupt stops
  • Door stop failure
  • Over speed
  • Falls into shaft way because of break malfunction
  • Shock from improper wiring

Proving negligence against a company or an owner can be tough. It is important you call an experienced personal injury attorney if you are injured in an elevator accident. Business commuters, workers, and a wide range of other people trust elevators to safely transport them on a daily basis. When property management neglects to properly maintain the elevators, the consequences can be serious.

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Possible Injuries from Elevator Accidents

Elevator and escalator accidents can vary in the outcome. For instance, the accidents can be minor if the elevator stopped abruptly. However, if the elevator shaft or brakes are damaged causing the car to drop, there could serious injuries or even death.

If you are injured in an elevator accident, you should seek medical help immediately. It is critical to your recovery, as well as your ability to seek damages, that you are healthy and that your medical needs have been documented. Your attorney could use your medical records as evidence when negotiating compensation with an insurance company or settling a lawsuit.

 Possible injuries that result from elevator accidents include: 

  • Broken bones
  • Fractured joints
  • Electrocution
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Severed fingers, hands or arms
  • Muscle strain or sprain
  • Ruptured disc
  • Herniated disc
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis

Some of these injuries can come from doors closing too soon while a person still is trying to exit or enter the elevator car. Others could be caused by an unexpected drop or sudden stop, causing someone to fall or experience a jolt of pain in his or her neck or back. The injuries can occur in a variety of ways, but each could be severe.

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Finding a Lawyer to Pursue Elevator Injury Claims in Brevard County

If you have been injured in an elevator accident, you should be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and suffering. Whether the accident falls under premises liability or product liability, you could seek damages. Contact a Melbourne elevator accident lawyer at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter at (321) 586-9944.

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