In almost any building with multiple floors, you will find an elevator. Elevators are a normal part of our everyday lives. For this reason, we don’t normally think of the dangers associated with elevators. Unfortunately, elevator accidents can cause serious injuries. Read on to learn more.
What are the Most Common Causes of Elevator Accidents?
Elevator accidents can be caused by a number of different factors. But, some of the most common accidents are due to:
- Abrupt stops
- Pully system malfunctions
- Negligent elevator design
- Drive malfunctions
- Improper installations
- Control system malfunction
- Power failures
- Failing to maintain/update equipment
- Faulty wiring
- Door operator errors
- Mechanical breakdowns
Who is Responsible for an Elevator Accident in Texas?
It is important that you speak to an experienced personal injury attorney if you are involved in an accident. If your attorney determines you were injured due to a negligently manufactured or designed elevator, you will most likely file a product liability lawsuit. However, if your attorney can prove that the property owner knew or should have known about the unsafe elevator conditions, did not timely fix them, and you were injured and suffered significant damages as a result, you will most likely file a premises liability lawsuit against that property owner.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
If you have been injured in an elevator accident, you will likely want to pursue legal action. If you wish to do so, you must file your claim within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Texas, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years. This means that if you fail to file within two years from the date of the accident, you will likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation. To avoid missing any important deadlines, reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an elevator accident in Texas, contact our firm today to speak with a dedicated personal injury attorney. We are here to walk you through all of your personal injury needs.
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We understand how challenging various legal matters can be, which is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping clients in Texas through a wide array of legal matters, including personal injury law and criminal defense. If you have sustained a serious injury or are facing criminal charges, contact the Gonzalez Law Group today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the legal process ahead.