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Elevator And Escalator Accidents

Recovering Compensation For Elevator and Escalator Accidents

Here’s a troubling fact. According to the Centers for Disease Control, elevator and escalator accidents injure almost 17,000 people per year. Even worse, nearly 30 people a year are killed by elevators or escalators. In general, most elevator and escalator accidents happen because a property owner is at fault for negligence.

Under California premises liability law, all property owners are required to ensure that their elevators and escalators pass regular inspections. They are expected to  maintain high safety standards to ensure that their visitors do not suffer harm from any malfunction. Sadly, safety regulations are often neglected by some property owners.

If you are uncertain about what to do or where to turn for guidance, West Coast Trial Lawyers is here to help. We are highly skilled and compassionate Los Angeles premises liability attorneys. Our attorneys have years of experience handling premises liability claims for victims who were injured because of a property owner’s negligence. Whether you were hurt by an elevator or an escalator, we’re prepared to take your case to trial to ensure that you recover maximum compensation for your injuries.

Elevator And Escalator Accidents

There are around 900,000 active elevators in the United States. Millions of Americans live or work in buildings that use elevators or escalators, and make use of their services several times a day. Given how frequently elevators and escalators are used, strict regulations are in place for their regular maintenance and inspection. Despite strict regulations, a large number of people are still injured or killed from injuries suffered after an elevator or escalator accident.

Both escalators and elevators have caused their fair share of injuries and fatalities, but elevators are responsible for the vast majority of these tragedies. A falling elevator is one of the most common types of elevator accident. When cables are overstretched, an elevator can give way at the most unexpected time, leading to severe damage.

Who Is Responsible For An Elevator Or Escalator Accident?

In most cases, a property owner will usually be responsible for an elevator or escalator accident. But there are exceptions. In many situations, a property owner may have complied with the law and maintained their property as required, but an accident still occurred.

In these cases, the fault will fall on the manufacturer, the installer, or the elevator maintenance company. The manufacturer may be held responsible if part of the elevator fails to work properly. This is an example of a product defect. If your injuries were caused by a product defect, you can make a claim against the manufacturer.

An installer can also be held liable if they installed an elevator or escalator incorrectly.

In some circumstances, the accident was caused because the maintenance company failed to carry out proper maintenance. In such a case, you can file an action against them.

Filing A Premises Liability Claim For Elevator And Escalator Accidents

You can file a premises liability lawsuit against the at fault party. But since most buildings carry insurance for premises liability, you can make a claim with the building insurers. It is crucial that you consult with a Los Angeles premises liability lawyer before you contact the insurance company.

If you are able to prove your claim, you can recover compensation for any medical expenses you have incurred after the accident. The cost of any treatment or physical therapy will also be recoverable upon successful proof. To recover these sums, you need to prove that negligence caused your injuries and that the accident could have been prevented. 

Property owners are likely to contest your claim. They likely have sufficient resources to put up a vigorous defense. There really is no cut and dry rule determining  when a property owner is liable. The standard is: was the accident avoidable if the property owner was more careful?

Our Team is Here to Help

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries after an elevator or escalator accident, contact an experienced Los Angeles premises liability lawyer at West Coast Trial Lawyers today. Our attorneys will get you maximum compensation for medical care and damages. Consultations are always free, and you only pay when we get you compensation for your injuries. You can reach our friendly staff today by emailing us at or by calling toll free at (213) 927-3700.

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