Elevator accidents and escalator accidents can often be very serious situations. These accidents can subject a person to a range of serious injuries, including broken bones, spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injury, and more. Serious injuries can lead to a life burdened by medical bills, lost wages, and the impact on one’s quality of life. It is important to discuss your matter with an experienced attorney. Timian & Fawcett, LLC provides quality legal support to the Maryland and Washington D.C. area. Our firm understands the impact of serious injury on a person’s future. When that injury is caused by negligence, Timian & Fawcett, LLC is ready to step in when you need us most. Contact our firm to discuss your legal matter.
Premises liability laws
Elevator and escalator accidents can be terrible situations. When a person is injured in one of these accidents, they face the uncertain question of liability. When it comes to elevators and escalators, many parties can be liable. If the plaintiff can prove negligence, he or she could be entitled to compensation. Under premises liability laws, the plaintiff will need to prove that the property owner knew or should have known that there was an avoidable hazard and did nothing to rectify it. In cases of elevator or escalator accidents, if a property owner was notified about a problem, it could be enough to bring a lawsuit. If the problem wasn’t apparent, it could fall under product liability laws.
Product liability laws
In many elevator and escalator accidents, the property owner had little or nothing to do with the accident. Elevators and escalators have many moving parts. Each part should be designed and manufactured with the proper care. Product liability laws are a bit complex. Negligence can be sought out in a number of situations. If the design of a part was found to be defective, it could constitute a lawsuit. If the manufacturer of a part was found to have deviated from a safe design and it led to serious injury, it could entitle the victim to damages. If the elevator or escalator failed to provide proper signage to warn users about the possible hazards while in use, it could call for the need for legal action.
Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC
If you are hurt in an elevator or on an escalator and it was caused by negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. That said, when it comes to these particular accidents, it is important to contact an attorney who can effectively investigate your legal matter, seek out all liable parties, and zealously represent your interests in and out of court. If you need a dedicated legal team to help you through tough times, contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.