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Serious Elevator & Escalator Accidents
Fortunately, Elevator and Escalator accidents are rare, but when they occur, they have devastating consequences. Victims often sustain severe, even life-threatening injuries. As a result, they often struggle with significant physical, emotional, mental, and financial challenges.
At Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C., we understand just how serious these incidents are. If you or someone you love was involved in an elevator or escalator accident, we can help you seek fair compensation for your damages. The property owner may be liable for failing to properly maintain their premises, or the manufacturer could be legally responsible for producing defective equipment. Our attorneys know how to uncover the facts and utilize critical evidence to build powerful, persuasive cases for our clients.
Contact our Pittsburgh elevator and escalator injury attorneys today for a free consultation regarding your potential case: (844) 383-0565.
How Do Elevator & Escalator Accidents Happen?
Elevator and escalator accidents are relatively rare, considering how many people use these devices every day. However, the number of people injured or killed in elevator and escalator accidents in the U.S. is surprisingly high.
According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 30 people die and another 17,000 are seriously injured every year in elevator- and escalator-related incidents. Sadly, many of these incidents are entirely preventable, occurring only because some party was negligent.
Some of the most common causes of elevator and escalator accidents include:
- Improper maintenance
- Excessive speeds
- Overloading/excess weight
- Failure to follow safety standards
- Failure to conduct safety inspections
- Falls (into elevator shafts, off escalators, etc.)
- Abrupt stops or failure to stop
- Locking mechanism failures
- Defective doors and other elevator equipment
- Defective escalator components
- Electrical malfunctions
By identifying the cause of the incident, we can determine who is legally responsible for your resulting damages. At Robert Pieirce & Associates, P.C., we work tirelessly on behalf of our clients, seeking maximum compensation on their behalf.
Common Injuries Resulting from Elevator & Escalator Accidents
Elevator and escalator accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, which nearly always have life-changing effects on both victims and their families.
Some examples of common elevator- and escalator-related injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones and joint injuries
- Burn injuries
- Crush injuries
- Fall-related injuries
- Head, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Soft tissue and organ damage
- Spine and back injuries, often leading to paralysis
- Sprains and strains
- Traumatic amputation/loss of limb
In the most tragic of cases, these incidents can lead to fatalities. If you were injured or if someone you love passed away due to an elevator or escalator accident in Pittsburgh or any of the surrounding areas, turn to Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you fight for the justice and fair compensation you deserve.
Who Is Responsible for an Elevator or Escalator Accident?
Various parties could be partly or entirely responsible for an elevator or escalator accident. Determining who is liable involves identifying the cause of the incident, as well as whether any party acted negligently or wrongfully.
For example, if an elevator accident occurred as a result of a defective mechanism that caused the elevator to malfunction, the manufacturer that created the faulty component could be responsible. However, the property owner could also be partly to blame if it is discovered that they failed to conduct routine inspections/maintenance or ignored a report indicating that the mechanism was defective. Under premises liability laws, property owners have a responsibility to maintain their premises and ensure that they are free from known hazards. Failure to do so could constitute legal liability.
How a Personal Injury Can Help with Your Elevator/Escalator Injury Claim
Elevator and escalator injuries can be debilitating, but recovering compensation for your resulting damages—such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering—can be difficult without the help of a seasoned attorney. Going up against a powerful manufacturer, property owner, or insurance company can be daunting, but the team at Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. can help.
We understand the immense challenges you are facing, and we are prepared to be your fierce advocate throughout the legal process. Our Pittsburgh elevator and escalator injury lawyers provide personalized guidance and compassionate counsel throughout the legal process. We work with industry experts to obtain important evidence, including expert testimony, and develop creative legal strategies tailored to the unique details of your case. Our thorough case preparation, along with our aggressive approach to negotiation, has helped us recover millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
As your legal team, we are here to assist you with every aspect of your case. From answering your questions and providing individualized legal advice to preparing your case for trial and representing you in the courtroom (if necessary), we are your trusted ally in the fight for fair compensation.
Contact Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. Today for a Free Consultation
Reach out to our firm today to learn how our elevator and escalator accident attorneys can help you with your claim. Based in Pittsburgh, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. We offer free initial consultations to all personal injury clients and provide our personal injury services on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not owe anything unless we recover compensation for you.
Give us a call at (844) 383-0565 or contact us online today to get started with a complimentary case evaluation. A member of our team will get back to you shortly.
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