People use elevators every day, and little thought is given to the likelihood of an elevator accident. The risk of accidents occurring in an elevator ride is much more common than the typical person realizes. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a division of the Centers for Disease Control, there are over 17,000 injuries per year due to unsafe escalators and elevators.
There are no rules put in place by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to regulate public elevators, although states and local municipalities may require regular inspections. Without federal oversight, there are no routine federal inspections or parts recalls that take place after an elevator accident occurs. Because there is no CPSC involvement, the public is given very little information concerning elevator defects.
If you’ve suffered an injury from an escalator or elevator accident, you may qualify to recover compensation for damages. This article will provide useful information to those looking to pursue an elevator accident lawsuit.