According to the Center for Construction Research and Training, escalator and elevator accidents are responsible for nearly 30 deaths and 17,000 injuries each year in the United States. Furthermore, people who work on or close to elevator shafts account for almost 50 percent of elevator fatalities, while the other 50 percent are caused by falls.
By definition, an elevator is a type of vertical transportation that moves people and objects between floors of structures and buildings with multiple layers. Unfortunately, elevators often cause severe injuries and deaths to people throughout the state of Georgia and across the United States each and every year.
At Eichholz Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys believe that if you or a loved one has been injured in an elevator accident, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their losses and damages. Our attorneys have successfully litigated a number of elevator accidents and are prepared to put this experience to use for you today.
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Types of Elevators
Elevators are considered to be the most convenient form of transportation inside multi-level structures and buildings. Of course, elevators are designed to serve many different purposes; therefore there are several different types of elevators. Some of the basic types of elevators include:
- Climbing elevators
- Conventional elevators
- Geared traction elevators
- Gear-less traction elevators
- Hole-less elevators
- Hydraulic elevators
- Machine room-less elevators
- Non-telescopic hydraulic elevators
- Pneumatic elevators
- Roped-hydraulic elevators
- Telescopic hydraulic elevators
- Traction elevators
- Traction-hydraulic elevators
As these elevators serve many different purposes, they may also cause several different types of injuries.
Causes of Elevator Injuries
In most instances, elevator injuries are categorized as premises liability cases holding the property owner responsible for their faulty equipment, unsafe conditions, or poor maintenance. Some common causes of elevator injuries include:
- Elevator collapses
- Elevator doors close on someone or something
- Elevator drops suddenly
- Elevator equipment becomes stuck to person
- Elevator fails to open or close doors normally
- Elevator has faulty equipment
- Elevator is not even with the floor
- Elevator is stuck between floors
- Elevator speeds up suddenly
- Elevator stops suddenly at a floor
- Elevator strikes a person
Following any of these common causes, elevator injuries are common.
Types of Elevator Injuries
A wide variety of injuries are possible due to the causes of elevator injuries listed above. These injuries may range in severity depending on a number of factors. Some types of elevator injuries include:
- Dental injuries
- Dislocated joints
- Fractured bones
- Internal injuries
- Loss of limb
- Nerve damage
- Skull fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
If you or a loved one has been in an elevator accident, it is highly recommended to seek medical treatment. This will ensure there are no underlying injuries and all visible injuries are cared for properly. It will also assist in gathering the necessary medical documentation needed to formulate a robust case against the negligent and injury causing individual or entity.
Contact Our Savannah Personal Injury Attorneys Today
Having achieved over $40 million in successful verdicts and settlement for our clients over the years, our attorneys at The Eichholz Law Firm are prepared to fight for your rights and achieve the maximum compensation benefits available to you or your loved ones.
Our attorneys have great sympathy for all elevator accident victims and would like to extend our services to these victims and all injured victims throughout the state. Based in Savannah, Georgia, our attorneys are able to serve clients throughout the entire state and elsewhere needed. Some of the areas our attorneys serve include:
- Garden City
- Hilton Head Island
Of course, our team also serves the surrounding areas, towns, and suburbs all while operating on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will not charge you for our services unless a winning verdict or settlement has been established and you recover.
To learn more about our services, we welcome you to complete the “Free Case Review” form on this page, or simply give us a call at (866) 947-7449 today and begin exploring your legal options.