Most of us go our entire lives without experiencing an elevator accident. Unfortunately, elevator accidents are far more common than you may think, and if you are someone who has been injured in an elevator accident, you must continue reading and speak with our experienced Maryland personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you fight for the compensation you deserve and need to heal. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do elevator accidents happen?

Elevator accidents happen for a wide array of reasons, though the unfortunate reality is that they are usually preventable. Some of the most common causes of elevator accidents in Maryland are as follows:

  • Faulty wiring
  • Abrupt stops
  • Mechanical breakdowns
  • Control system malfunctions
  • Power failures
  • Neglecting to properly maintain equipment
  • Door operator errors
  • Pully system malfunctions
  • Negligent elevator design
  • Negligently manufactured elevators

Who is responsible for an elevator accident?

If you are injured in an elevator accident, you will have to hire an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can assess the situation, gather evidence, and determine the liable party. In many cases, the liable parties in elevator accidents are negligent elevator designers or manufacturers, in which case you will file a product liability lawsuit. However, in other cases, if our firm determines that the property owner knew or should have reasonably known about the unsafe condition, failed to take action to fix it, and you were seriously injured and suffered significant damages as a result, there is a very good chance that you will qualify for financial compensation in a premises liability claim.

How long can I wait to sue for an injury in Maryland?

If you are injured in an elevator accident in Maryland, you must ensure that you file your personal injury claim on time. While you may be tempted to simply wait and see if your injuries heal on their own, our firm cannot advise you do to so, as there is a statute of limitations in place that governs the amount of time the wrongly injured have to sue liable parties. The statute of limitations in Maryland is three years, which means that under most circumstances, you will have three years from the date of your accident to sue the party responsible for your injuries. Our firm is here to help you today–all you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.


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.