Most of us are fortunate enough to go our entire lives without ever being involved in an elevator accident. In fact, most of us do not even imagine a scenario where such a thing could happen. However, elevator accidents do occur, and if you are someone who has recently been injured in one, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, the cost of in-home care, and more. Read on and speak with our Maryland personal injury attorneys to learn more about these accidents and how our firm can help if you’ve been injured in one.
How do elevator accidents most frequently occur?
Elevator accidents happen rarely, though when they do, they are frequently the result of negligence, either on the part of elevator designers/manufacturers or on the part of negligent property owners, such as supers, landlords, or otherwise. That being said, if we can prove that the property owner knew or should have known that the elevator was unsafe (such as by neglecting to have it inspected way past the legal time limit), and that you were injured in an accident and incurred significant damages as a result, you will most likely have a valid premises liability claim against the property owner. However, if we can prove that you were injured because of a negligent elevator design, defective elevator parts, or an improperly manufactured elevator, you will most likely have a valid product liability claim.
What should I do to document an accident?
After an elevator accident, if possible, you should:
- Call the police.
- Ask any witnesses/fellow passengers for their contact information.
- Photograph or video the accident and its aftermath.
- Notify the property owner of the accident.
- Seek immediate medical treatment at a hospital.
- Obtain all medical documentation from your doctor.
- Retain the services of a seasoned Maryland personal injury attorney.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in the state of Maryland?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is, generally, three years, which means that if you have been injured in an elevator accident, it is critical that you do not wait any longer than three years from the date of your accident to pursue financial compensation from the liable party. Waiting any longer than three years to file your claim will most likely result in you being permanently barred from suing. Our firm is ready to assist you today.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you must reach out to one of our knowledgeable attorneys. At Timian & Fawcett, LLC, we provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C., and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to assisting our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.