Elevators and escalators are an essential part of most multi-story buildings, including office buildings, shopping malls, and apartment buildings. Unfortunately, injuries can occur when elevators and escalators malfunction as a result of poor maintenance or defective parts.
Elevator passengers can be injured when an elevator car drops suddenly or stops above or below the floor, or when the elevator doors close too quickly or fail to retract upon contact. Escalator injuries can happen when an escalator stops or accelerates suddenly or moves irregularly such that passengers can lose their balance and fall. Escalators can also be particularly dangerous if an object becomes trapped in the moving plates.
If you have been injured in an elevator or escalator accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Depending on the circumstances of the elevator accident, you may have a cause of action against the property owner or operator under a premises liability theory or against the elevator manufacturer under a product liability theory.
The amount of compensation to which an injured elevator or escalator passenger is entitled depends on the type and severity of the injuries, as well as the liability assessed against the negligent party. If successful in pursuing a cause of action, an injured elevator passenger may be entitled to compensatory damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Elevator and escalator accidents involve complex legal and factual issues. The Chicago elevator accident attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC are dedicated to helping clients collect the maximum recovery possible following a personal injury accident, such as an elevator or escalator accident.
If you have been injured in an elevator or escalator accident, contact the Chicago personal injury attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible lawsuit to obtain compensation for your elevator accident injuries.