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Each year, millions of individuals ride elevators on a daily basis. What many individuals do not understand or simply ignore is just how dangerous elevators are. This is because we live in a day and age in which elevators are practically everywhere. You are likely to find an elevator in parking garages, apartment buildings, hospitals and doctor’s offices, and even shopping centers. While elevators make traveling easy for some and are necessary for others, they present serious hazards to all individuals. If you or your loved one has been injured in an elevator accident or incident in the state of Illinois, contact Newland & Newland, LLP today for a risk-free initial consultation.
Negligence and Elevators
Many individuals tend to think that elevator accidents are “freak accidents,” meaning they are rare and only occur as a result of some unknown mishap that cannot be explained. While elevator accidents appear rare when compared to other types of accidents like automobile accidents, they are not uncommon. In addition, many times the failure that causes an accident can be pinpointed and explained. Illinois, like many other states, has strict laws and regulations that property owners must adhere to in regards to elevator maintenance. These laws govern the safety of the elevator, requiring them to be maintained, inspected, and requires corrective measures to be taken.
When a property owner fails to comply with elevator regulations, the results may be devastating.
Failure to maintain an elevator results in a higher risk for common elevator injuries and fatalities including:
- Elevator opening to empty shaft causing fatal falls;
- Elevator free falls of one or more stories;
- Elevator not being level with a floor:
- Elevator doors closing unexpectedly;
These accidents and others have caused individuals to suffer from loss of limbs, broken bones, and death from unfortunate encounters that could have been avoided. When accidents occur because of negligence you deserve financial compensation for the injuries sustained.
After an Elevator Accident: Contact Newland & Newland, LLP
When an accident occurs, the first thing you should do is help assist others, if you are in a position to do so. The injury should be immediately reported to property owners and other authorities. It is also important to seek prompt medical attention. This is crucial as there is the potential for internal injuries are high and may not immediately present symptoms.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an elevator accident in the state of Illinois, contact an attorney at Newland & Newland, LLP. Our attorneys are experienced attorneys who will meet with you to determine whether you have a cause of action against a property owner for negligent maintenance of an elevator. We will also guide you through the process of a personal injury action. Contact our experienced attorneys today to get the information you need and deserve for a successful claim. We have several offices throughout Illinois for your convenience.