Elevator and Escalator Accidents
What Would We Do Without Escalators and Elevators?
There are thousands of escalators and elevators in West Palm Beach and throughout Florida that transport millions of people each year as they go to work, shop, or get to their home in a high rise building. While these ingenious devices may not be necessary for buildings with one or two stories, we would be in trouble if we had to walk 30 or 40 flights in a high rise building. Because elevators and escalators have become part of our everyday life, we take for granted these devices will always work properly. Unfortunately, when something goes wrong, the results can be devastating.
If you have been injured in an elevator and escalator accident, you need an experienced attorney who understands the specialized issues and laws applicable to the operation of these devices. Complex elevator and escalator laws and codes can make it difficult to pinpoint the responsible party and obtain compensation. The elevator and escalator accident attorneys of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath have the skills, knowledge, experience, and resources needed to handle this type of complex personal injury case.
What Causes Elevator and Escalator Accident?
There are countless reasons why an elevator and escalator accident happens including human error and mechanical malfunction. Identifying the cause of the accident and determining who is responsible for the factors that caused the accident is vital in preparing a successful strategy to obtain compensation. As experienced Florida elevator and escalator accident attorneys, we investigate your claim thoroughly to identify and preserve key evidence that will be used to get you the compensation you are entitled to receive under Florida’s personal injury laws.
Factors we investigate to determine if they contributed to the dangerous condition that caused your accident include but are not limited to:
- Sudden stops including being stuck between floors
- Improper installation and/or maintenance
- Out of level with the floor of the building
- Defective regulators and controllers
- Speeds up dramatically without warning
- Loose or missing parts
- Defective parts or defects in the design
- Problems in the manufacturer of the elevator or escalator
- Defects that allow the doors to close too quickly or prevent the doors from reopening if they come in contact with an object
- Doors that close too quickly
- Uneven steps or problems with the tread that cause shoes or other items to become stuck or cause trips
- Code violations
The complex design and the multiple movable parts and electronic controls of elevators and escalators require an experienced elevator and escalator accident attorney.
Our West Palm Beach Escalator and Elevator Accident Attorneys Are Ready To Help You
Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath want to take the stress of dealing with a complex personal injury claim upon ourselves so that you can focus on what is truly important — your recovery.
Call our office at (561) 655-1990 or (800) 654-2024 to schedule a free consultation.