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Were You Seriously Injured in an Elevator or Escalator Accident in Ohio? If So, You May Be Entitled to Significant Financial Compensation

Elevators and escalators should not be dangerous. Elevators and escalators often transport hundreds—if not thousands—of people every day, and they are supposed to do so without incident. Unfortunately, due to inadequate maintenance and other issues, elevator and escalator accidents are far more common than they should be. Since these accidents are preventable, individuals who suffer serious injuries in these accidents will often be entitled to financial compensation.

If you were injured in an elevator or escalator accident in Ohio, you will want to speak with a lawyer about your legal rights. Property owners and businesses that fail to adequately maintain their elevators and escalators can—and should—be held liable. When an elevator maintenance company performs negligent work, it can—and should—be held liable as well. An experienced premises liability lawyer will be able to conduct an investigation to determine exactly why your accident happened, and then your lawyer will be able to use this information to seek the financial compensation you deserve.

Common Causes of Elevator and Escalator Accidents

Several issues can lead to elevator and escalator accidents. Most of these issues have to do with either how an elevator or escalator is installed or how it is (or isn’t) maintained over time. For example, some of the most common causes of elevator and escalator accidents include:

  • Failure to conduct inspections (as required by law)
  • Inadequate inspections or inspections by unqualified personnel
  • Failure to conduct routine maintenance
  • Failure to perform repairs as needed
  • Failure to prevent access to an uninspected or malfunctioning elevator or escalator
  • Allowing passengers to exceed the maximum load limit
  • Taking inadequate precautions to ensure safe ingress and egress (i.e., failing to clean up a spill in front of an elevator or escalator landing)

Proving Your Legal Rights After an Elevator or Escalator Accident in Ohio

When any of these issues (or any other issue) leads to injuries involving an elevator or escalator, talking to a lawyer is the first step toward asserting your legal rights. When you hire a lawyer to represent you, your lawyer will work quickly to collect all available evidence and take the additional steps that are necessary to prove your legal rights. This includes taking steps such as:

  • Making sure your medical records clearly reflect the cause and extent of your injuries
  • Calculating the long-term costs of your medical needs
  • Calculating your loss of income and benefits for as long as you are unable to work (or restricted in your ability to work)
  • Calculating just compensation for your pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and other non-financial losses
  • Obtaining maintenance records and other documentation as needed
  • Presenting the available evidence to the at-fault party’s insurance company and negotiating for a favorable settlement on your behalf
  • Taking your case to court if that’s what it takes to secure the financial compensation you will need for the future

Contact Us for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation Today

If you need to know more about asserting your legal rights after an elevator or escalator accident in Ohio, we encourage you to contact us promptly. Call 888-444-7440 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation today.