For many of us, elevators are part of our everyday lives. We find ourselves riding elevators to get to our place of work, in schools, hotels, apartments, and more. Unfortunately, elevators can be dangerous when not properly maintained and serious accidents can occur. Read on to learn more about elevator accidents in Texas and what to do in the event of an accident.
How do Most Elevator Accidents Happen?
Elevator accidents generally occur due to negligence and are usually a result of product liability or premises liability. Some of the most common causes of elevator accidents in Texas are as follows:
- Abrupt stops
- Pully system malfunctions
- Negligent elevator design
- Drive malfunctions
- Improper installations
- Control system malfunction
- Power failures
- Failing to maintain/update equipment
- Faulty wiring
- Door operator errors
- Mechanical breakdowns
What to do After an Accident Occurs?
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred. In order to do this, there are some important steps you should take:
- Call 911: The police can call an ambulance, file an accident report, conduct witness statements, and more.
- Document the scene: Be sure to take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. If possible, document the hazardous conditions that caused the accident to occur.
- Obtain witness contacts: If anyone else was in the elevator, or at the scene of the accident, ask for their contact information. They may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Seek medical attention: One of the most important things you can do is visit the hospital immediately after an accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Be sure to ask for a copy of any relevant medical bills/documents.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney: An attorney may be able to gather evidence you would not otherwise be able to access. For example, an experienced attorney may be able to obtain security camera footage, police reports, and more.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an elevator accident in Texas, contact our firm today. We are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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There are few things more jarring and disturbing than being wrongly injured in an accident. Our firm understands how difficult it can be to recuperate after a serious accident, which is why we are here to help you through the legal process, every step of the way. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you need a skilled attorney on your side. Contact J. Chad Parker, PLLC today for an attorney who is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.