What Steps Should I Take Following an Elevator Accident?

If you have been injured in an elevator accident, you are likely looking to recover compensation by filing a personal injury claim against the negligent party responsible for your accident. To learn more about the steps you can take to increase your chances of filing a valid claim, continue reading. For assistance with your upcoming claim, do not hesitate to contact our Landover Maryland personal injury lawyer.

What are the most common causes of elevator accidents?

Negligence is the number one cause of elevator accidents. The most common forms of negligence that lead to elevator accidents are as follows:

  • Faulty wiring
  • Drive malfunction
  • Door operator errors
  • Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
  • Mechanical breakdown
  • Improper installations
  • Pully system malfunction
  • Power failures
  • Negligent elevator design
  • Abrupt stops

What are the most common injuries sustained in elevator accidents?

Life-altering injuries have been sustained in elevator accidents. The most common types of injuries that have been sustained in elevator accidents include the following:

  • Neck injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Severed limbs
  • Head trauma
  • Crush injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Wrongful death

What should I do following an elevator accident?

If you have been injured in an elevator accident due to the negligence of another party, it is important to have a plan. Consider taking the following steps while you are still at the scene of the accident to increase your chances of filing a successful personal injury claim:

  1. Call the police. They will document the accident by conducting a police report. They will also bring medical attention to the scene of your accident.
  2. While you wait for the ambulance to arrive, take photos and videos of the scene of your accident including any hazards that may have played a role.
  3. Photograph your injuries.
  4. If there were any witnesses to your accident, collect their contact information.
  5. Seek medical treatment as soon as the ambulance arrives.
  6. Once your treatment is complete, collect all relevant medical documentation. These documents should state the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
  7. Reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney who will fight for your right to compensation.

What is the statute of limitations for a personal injury elevator accident claim in Maryland?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is generally two years. This means that you will have two years from the date of your elevator accident to bring attention to your personal injury claim. To avoid being barred from suing, take action as soon as possible. Give our firm a call today to begin this process when you are ready.


The experienced personal injury attorneys at The Law Office of Conrad W. Judy III, LLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Maryland, contact our firm today to discuss our services. 

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