Though many of us use elevators every single day without incident, thousands of people every year are injured in elevator accidents. If you are one of them, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help recover any damages you have suffered. Please read on and reach out to our experienced Maryland elevator accident attorneys to learn more about how we can help you going forward:
What can cause an elevator accident?
Elevator accidents are caused for a multitude of reasons, and while sometimes they are simply unavoidable, this isn’t always the case. Some of the most common causes of elevator accidents can include pully malfunctions, drive system malfunctions, neglecting to maintain and repair any faulty parts, power failures, negligent elevator design, and more.
How do I know if I qualify for compensation if I have been injured in an accident?
To win a personal injury claim, you will have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, this is not always easy when it comes to elevator accidents, as there are several different parties that may be responsible. For example, sometimes, people are injured due to a negligent product manufacturer or design, in which case they will generally file a product liability lawsuit. On the other hand, if you were injured because a landlord knew, or should have known about the unsafe elevator conditions and failed to fix or repair them within a reasonable timeframe, you will most likely file a premises liability lawsuit.
There are various types of evidence an attorney may use to prove your claim, including, first and foremost, surveillance footage of the accident. From here, an attorney will assemble medical documents, police reports, witness statements, and more to present your case as effectively as possible.
How long do I have to sue a negligent property owner in Maryland?
Those injured in elevator accidents in Maryland have a legally acceptable window of time to take legal action against a negligent landlord. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations. Therefore, since the statute of limitations for premises liability claims in the state of Maryland is three years, those injured will have three years from the date of their accident to file a lawsuit. However, you must not make the mistake of disregarding or putting off filing, for if you do, you may be barred from suing.
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.