Elevators and escalators result in numerous injuries and deaths every year. Generally, the owner of the business or landlord of the premises is responsible for the safety of all people on his or her property.
After a person has sustained elevator or escalator injuries, he or she is legally entitled to seek compensation from the landowner. An elevator/escalator accident victim may seek monetary damages for his or her medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, lost wages, lost future income, physical and mental impairment. At Wood & Gresham, P.C., our attorneys are well-equipped to execute elevator accident injuries throughout Massachusetts.
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An elevator or escalator that has been insufficiently maintained has a great potential to inflict serious physical injury upon a passenger. An elevator that does not line up properly with the floor can be extremely hazardous. Sudden drop, jammed doors, moving of the cabin while doors are closing, opening of the doors while the elevator has not come to complete halt are the most common and hazardous injury-producing causes of elevator accidents in Boston.
- Elevator accidents are an example of a premises liability case, which are accidents that result from property owner's negligence, poor property maintenance, and unsafe conditions. Generally, the landlord or business owner has a duty to repair and maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition and forewarn people of existing dangerous conditions. If a landlord fails to implant preventive measures, and a person is injured while in /on an elevator or escalator, the landlord would be considered liable for all injuries the person sustained.
- Additionally, landlords and business owners or managers of buildings are required by law to keep elevators and escalators up-to-date with the ever-evolving safety codes and standards, and upkeeping the safety equipment and safety devices.
- Furthermore, service and maintenance companies can also be found liable for faulty elevators. Elevators are complicated pieces of machinery. Very few building owners or managers have the know-how to maintain and service their elevators and/or escalators. Therefore, they enter into contractual agreements with trained service and maintenance companies. Service companies are then responsible for, at minimum, monthly lubrication, adjustments, maintenance, and upgrades. These companies are responsible to know current standards and changes in codes. They can also be held accountable for defective repairs and for failing to keep maintenance records.
- With the same token, if a defect is discovered in the construction, manufacturing, or design of the elevator/escalator or its components, then the manufacturer of the elevator may be held responsible for the injuries under a theory commonly known as products liability claim.
Our unique experience means we can analyze your case quickly and identify key questions and factors. We can investigate your accident, counter insurers' claims and skillfully build your case for negotiations and settlement. If the insurance company fails to make a fair offer, we can bring our courtroom trial experience to your injury case.
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Call 508-384-2008 to contact Wood & Gresham, P.C., in Wrentham, Massachusetts, to discuss your legal options if you or your family member has been injured or killed due to someone's negligence. We offer free consultations and can travel to meet you at your home. Let us use our unique experience to get the compensation you deserve. Our reputation often leads to favorable settlements for our clients.