Elevator and escalator accidents often cause very serious or even catastrophic injuries that require very large amounts of compensation for victims, so it’s important to work with an experienced Orange County elevator and escalator accident lawyer that have experience in this area. The Crockett Law Group is the leading personal injury attorney in Orange County, with a team of attorneys that has successfully collected large amounts of money for people injured in elevator and escalator accidents. Call (800) 900-9393 to schedule a free consultation.
Elevator and Escalator accidents are becoming more common in Orange County as new large office buildings and residential towers are being built every day. The complicated mechanisms and computer systems for elevators and escalators require frequent monitoring and maintenance to function properly, and when businesses cut corners, people get hurt.
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Injuries From Elevator and Escalator Accidents
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), elevator and escalator accidents cause over 17,000 serious injuries each year. Most of these accidents are caused by elevators, and many of them are sustained by workers repairing, installing, and maintaining them.
Like with industrial accidents, amputation injuries are not uncommon. Crush injuries from workers below elevators and spinal cord injuries caused by elevators that plunge from high floors down to the ground are more frequent than one might think, especially for workers involved in their installation and repair. These are the types of catastrophic injuries that can occur:
Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs): When spinal cords are fractured or severed, loss of function occurs, and in many cases the result is loss of all sensation from the point of the injury down, causing paraplegia or quadriplegia. In some cases the loss of function is temporary, but in other cases, it can be lifelong.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): Traumatic brain injuries such as severe concussions, coup or contrecoup injuries, penetrating injuries caused by foreign objects entering the brain can cause loss of function and cognition. Symptoms of severe TBI’s can be subtle, so it’s important to get medical treatment promptly for any type of head injury.
Amputation Injuries: A traumatic amputation is when the injury itself causes the limb to be severed. Surgical amputation is sometimes required when a limb is badly damaged. Advanced prosthetics can often bring back a great deal of function including the ability to walk, run and write by hand.
Loss of Sight or Hearing: Brains injuries or neurological injuries can sometimes cause people to lose their vision or hearing. Modern medical developments have made it possible to restore some types of vision and hearing loss, so it’s important to get medical treatment at a state-of-the-art facility.
Severe Burn Injuries: Electrical fires and explosions can cause third and fourth-degree burns that cause disfiguring scars and internal injuries
Catastrophic injuries are life-altering and require years of medical interventions and rehabilitation to improve functioning and improve lifestyle. Studies have shown that victims that collect very large amounts of money to pay for state-of-the-art treatments have the best outcomes.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a catastrophic injury caused by an elevator or escalator accident, it’s important to hire an attorney that knows how to collect the largest amount of compensation possible. Call The Crockett Law Group at (800) 900-9393 to schedule a free consultation.
Who’s Responsible For Elevator and Escalator Accidents?
The owner of the property has a duty to persons legally on their property, that is expected to use the elevators and escalators, to take reasonable steps to keep them safe. Under California law, the property owner owes their customers and visitors a duty to make sure that the premises are free of dangerous conditions and hazards.
California also requires property owners to have their elevators and escalators pass regular inspections. In addition to the property owner, it might be possible to also bring an action against maintenance companies for failing to properly maintain the equipment, an installer for a faulty installation, or against the manufacturers for defects in their products.
It’s important to do a very extensive investigation into all parties that may have some responsibility for the elevator or escalator problem that caused the accident in order to collect the very large amount of money that’s necessary to achieve the best mental and physical health outcome for injured victims.
Every accident is different, so it’s important to call an experienced Orange County elevator and escalator accident attorney to discuss your claim as soon as possible after an accident. Call today to schedule a free consultation.
What Causes Elevator and Escalator Accidents?
So many things can go wrong with the installation, maintenance, and operation of these complicated machines. These are some of the more commons causes of these accidents:
- Pulley System Malfunction that causes an elevator to drop rapidly;
- Door malfunctions that causing an open shaft that people inadvertently walk into;
- Falls caused by improper leveling so that the elevator doesn’t line up with the floor, causing trip and falls;
- When doors close on people as they are entering or exiting and
- Faulty wiring that causes electrocutions and fires.
- Clothing is caught on protruding parts of an escalator, causing falls,
- Escalator stops suddenly or operates in the wrong direction and
- Strollers, shopping carts, and other inappropriate items are transported on escalators and
- Broken or missing escalator steps or foot brushes.
Contact an Orange County Elevator and Escalator Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
In order to have the strongest possible elevator or escalator case possible, it’s important to contact an experienced Orange County elevator and escalator accident lawyer as soon as possible to avoid evidence being lost or destroyed. Many elevator accident cases are won with the video surveillance tapes that recorded the entire. Call the Crockett Law Group at (800) 900-9393 to start your claim.