Personal Injury

Elevator Accidents and Lawsuits in California

What Are The Most Common Types of Elevator Accidents? 

Elevator accidents may seem rare, but they are actually a fairly common occurrence. 

Some of the most common types of elevator accidents are: 

  • Elevator or elevator platform collapsing
  • Getting caught in between moving elevator parts
  • Falling down elevator shaft
  • Getting struck by elevator or counterweight

What Types of Injuries Can Result from an Elevator Accident?

A person’s bodily injuries after an elevator accident vary depending on the severity of the accident. The most common injuries resulting from an elevator accident are:

  • Broken bones 
  • Head trauma
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Amputated limbs
  • Ligament damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Disorientation/loss of balance

What Are the Potential Damages?

In an elevator accident injury, some of the potential damages that you can receive compensation for are:

  • Past, current, and future medical bills
  • Physical therapy
  • Lost wages due to missing work or being unable to work because of accident
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of life’s enjoyment

Who is Liable in an Elevator Accident?

If you are injured in an elevator accident, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party or parties. Possible liable parties can include:

  • Elevator maintenance company 
  • Elevator manufacturer
  • Building maintenance company
  • Property owner
  • Engineer
  • Architect

It can be difficult to determine which parties are liable for the accident. We recommend speaking to one of our elevator accident injury lawyers to help you determine the negligent party.

Can I Sue if I was Stuck in an Elevator?

Getting stuck in an elevator is not uncommon. In most cases of elevators getting stuck, there usually are no bodily injuries. However, if you were stuck in an elevator and suffered emotional or physical harm, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. 

If you suffered emotional distress due to the defendant’s negligence, then you are considered a direct victim of negligent infliction of emotional distress. 

What Should I Do if I Have Been Injured in an Elevator Accident?

If you or a loved one have been injured in an elevator accident, we invite you to contact our office at (310) 943-1171 for a free consultation with a Los Angeles elevator injury lawyer. Our attorneys will help you determine the liable party and proceed accordingly.


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