Most people use elevators and escalators without thinking about it. In fact, you might ride on an elevator or escalator several times a week. Elevators and escalators can make our lives easier, but when an accident occurs, they can be a source of stress and uncertainty.
If you’re the victim of an accident that occurs in an elevator or escalator, you may have significant injuries and emotional anguish. Fortunately, our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys can help.
Our Las Vegas Injury Attorneys for Elevator And Escalator Accidents
If you’re hurt because of an elevator or escalator accident, you may have the right to legal compensation. Your claim can include compensation for your financial losses as well as for what you’ve been through mentally and emotionally. Your time to assert your claim is limited.
Having an experienced personal injury attorney fighting for you can help you assert your rights in a timely and effective manner and get the justice that you deserve. If you’ve been in an elevator or escalator accident, contact our attorneys today for a confidential and complimentary discussion of your case.
Causes of Elevator and Escalator Accidents in Las Vegas
An elevator or escalator accident can happen in a number of ways. The cause of the accident may impact how to bring your claim for compensation. The course of the accident may determine who bears liability for your injuries. Here are some of the common causes of elevator and escalator accidents in Las Vegas:
- Overcrowding or an overweight load
- Roughhousing or horseplay by individuals on the elevator or escalator
- A broken or malfunctioning door
- Malfunctioning buttons or bad wiring
- Misalignment or a malfunction of the mechanical system
- Poor emergency response or inadequate emergency call system
- Failure to perform regular inspections
- Disregarding appropriate repairs
- Service and maintenance by unqualified individuals
- Poor elevator or escalator design
When an elevator or escalator accident occurs, you may not know the reason for the accident. You do not need to know the cause of your elevator accident when your case begins. When you work with an experienced injury lawyer, they can help you conduct an independent investigation to determine the cause of the accident and prove your case.
Who Is Liable for an Elevator or Escalator Accident?
The party who is liable for an elevator or escalator accident is the party whose actions lead to the accident. The property owner, the company that manufactures the elevator or escalator or even a maintenance company could all be liable for an accident. Multiple people or parties may be responsible for the accident.
The legal standards that apply to the case are based on how the accident occurs. For example, if the accident is the result of a manufacturing defect or design defect on the part of the company that makes the elevator or escalator, they have strict liability for the accident. In that case, all you have to do is show that the accident is the result of the manufacturing defect or the design defect.
Most other causes of elevator or escalator accidents depend on the negligence of a party. Proving negligence just means that you must show that the other party breaches a duty to act carefully. For example, if the cause of the accident is a failure to make repairs, you must show that it was unreasonable for the property owner to forgo the repairs. If the accident is based on faulty repairs, you must show how the repair company failed to perform the repairs correctly. Proving the case involves tracing the cause of the accident and the party who is responsible for the accident based on their negligence. If the elevator or escalator owner failed to follow laws for inspections and repairs, Nevada law might automatically consider their actions to be negligent.
You must also prove causation between the negligence of the responsible party and your injuries. In all cases, Nevada law requires the party who causes the elevator or escalator accident to pay for the damages that result. In some, but not all, cases, you must show that the other party acted negligently in a way that resulted in the accident. Your attorney can help you determine what standards apply to the case and what you need to prove to make your case successful.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Claim for an Elevator or Escalator Accident?
If you’re hurt in an elevator or escalator accident, you may claim any damages that are available to any negligence or premises liability accident victim. The damages you receive compensate you for financial losses, physical pain, and emotional suffering. You may claim damages for all of the following types of losses:
- Diagnostic testing including X-rays, MRIs, blood testing, scans
- Emergency room care, urgent care, doctor’s appointments
- Crutches, braces, bandages, wheelchairs, walkers, and scooters
- Compensation for lost time from work
- Reimbursement for expenses for child care or home help
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy
- Compensation for physical anguish
- Treatment for mental injuries including PTSD, anxiety, depression or guilt
- Compensation for emotional suffering, changes in lifestyle, loss of use of body parts, disfigurement or scarring
It’s up to you to have proof of the types of losses that you claim because of your elevator or escalator accident. You may claim the total of all of the types of compensation to which you are entitled. Your attorney can help you determine what you can claim and how to prove the amount of your losses.
What Sets Our Las Vegas Injury Accident Attorneys Apart
At Adam S. Kutner & Associates, we spend every day fighting on behalf of accident victims. Our years of experience helping accident victims gives us the skills to fight for justice for victims of escalator and elevator accidents. When we work with you, we investigate your claim, build the evidence, and advocate for you in Nevada’s legal system.
It’s our goal to handle all of the legal work on your behalf while helping you understand your case as it progresses through the legal system. If you’re hurt because of an elevator or escalator accident, contact our team today. There’s no cost to call, and your consultation is confidential. We look forward to fighting for you.