Most individuals will not think twice about riding an elevator. They will walk through the doors and stroll back out onto a new floor without a single thought of an injury. Unfortunately, for some, elevators can cause injuries due to the negligence of the maintenance of said elevators. There are many moving parts that must be maintained properly to avoid an unsafe situation from occurring.

If you have been injured in an elevator accident, continue reading to discover what you should do following your accident and how to properly file your personal injury claim to receive the financial compensation you require to heal.

Common Causes of Elevator Accidents

The following factors are the most common causes of elevator accidents in Maryland:

  • Drive malfunction
  • Faulty wiring
  • Improper installations
  • Power failures
  • Pully system malfunction
  • Negligent elevator design
  • Mechanical breakdown
  • Abrupt stops
  • Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
  • Door operator errors

Common Injuries Sustained in Elevator Accidents

Elevator accidents unfortunately can cause serious injuries that could change the qualify of the victim’s life. The most common injuries sustained in elevator accidents are as follows:

  • Broken bones
  • Wrongful death
  • Severed limbs
  • Head trauma
  • Crush injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Cuts and bruise

What should I do after being injured in an elevator accident?

If you have been injured in an elevator accident, you should follow each of the below steps to set yourself up for a successful personal injury claim:

  1. Call 911. The police will conduct a police report and bring any necessary medical assistance to the scene.
  2. Seek medical attention immediately. Collect all medical documents relating to your injuries.
  3. Photograph the scene of the accident and any injuries sustained.
  4. Collect any witnesses’ contact information
  5. Retain the services of an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who will help you satisfy the burden of proof to recover financial compensation for your injuries.

What is the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim in Maryland?

The statute of limitations for a personal injury claim in Maryland is three years. This means that you will have three years to take legal action regarding your injuries. It is important to open your personal injury claim as soon as possible to avoid being barred from suing if you wait to file your claim past the three-year mark. Reach out to our knowledgeable personal injury attorney today to discuss our services and how we can assist your legal process.

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.