Elevators are a fairly common part of many of our lives, which is why we rarely expect an accident, let alone an injury to occur while boarding one. However, if you are someone who has been involved in an elevator accident, you are most likely now severely injured and require financial compensation to help you with your recovery. Please read on and speak with our experienced Maryland personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help.
What are the most common causes of elevator accidents?
Elevator accidents can be caused by several different factors, including electrocutions, sudden stops and starts, driver malfunctions, operator errors, missing or defective parts, negligent elevator maintenance, and more. If you were injured for any of the above reasons, you may qualify for compensation.
How do I know if I am entitled to compensation after an elevator accident?
To win financial compensation in any personal injury lawsuit, you will need to hire an attorney who can satisfy the burden of proof. This means that your attorney must be capable of proving you were injured as a result of another party’s negligence. Though this may sound rather straightforward, when it comes to elevator accidents, it often is not. First, your attorney will have to determine the responsible party.
For example, if you were injured because a landlord/property owner knew, or should have reasonably known about the safety hazard, failed to fix it, and you were injured as a result, you will most likely have a premises liability lawsuit. However, if your attorney determines you were injured as a result of negligent elevator design or manufacturing, you will generally file a product liability lawsuit.
How long do I have to sue after being injured in an accident in Maryland?
In Maryland, the statute of limitations for premises/product liability lawsuits is three years. Simply put, this means that you are granted three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against a negligent party. Do not make the mistake of waiting to file. The sooner you bring your accident to our firm’s attention, the better. We are ready to begin the claims process so we can promptly begin fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
If you have been injured in an accident and wish to speak with an attorney about your best course of action, contact the Law Offices of Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC today.
Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC is comprised of experienced personal injury, criminal defense, and family law attorneys. Our firm is proud to serve clients in Baltimore, Maryland. If you require strong legal representation that will fight to protect your future, contact the attorneys at Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC to schedule a consultation.