Elevator and escalator accidents result in serious injuries. Property owners and businesses are required to keep their buildings free from hazards
Under Michigan law, there is a legal duty to make premises safe for business visitors and guests. This legal requirement extends to all areas of the property, including stairways, escalators, elevators, and other types of lifts.
An experienced Michigan Michigan stairway and escalator accident lawyer can help pursue a personal injury claim. A top-rated attorney at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. will investigate your claim and calculate the extent of your losses for a claim.
Causes of Elevator and Escalator Accidents
While technology has become more reliable over time, escalators and elevators can still break down and malfunction. Many times, when this happens, it is just an inconvenience. However, sometimes it leads to severe injuries or even death.
Many of these injuries involve falls into shafts when elevator doors are open. Other severe injuries arise from elevator doors closing improperly, or when a car is mid-leveled, causing someone to trip as they enter or exist. Although rare, there are also instances of someone being trapped at the bottom of an elevator shaft.
Escalator accidents happen when the moving steps stop suddenly, causing riders to fall backward. Other injuries occur when the steps stop short of the ground floor. This can cause a rider to make an unexpected large step to the ground resulting in injury.
Stairway Accident Accidents
Stairways, on the other hand, are more likely to have hazards caused by some condition that the property owner should have fixed. This might arise from any number of circumstances, including:
- Broken railings
- Broken or rotting stairs
- A wet surface
- Something that is left on the stairs that should not be there
When these or other incidents happen, it is essential for an injured claimant to be able to determine the proximate cause of the hazardous condition. While some of these dangers are apparent, others require the skill and experience of a Michigan stairway and escalator accident lawyer.
Who is Liable for These Accidents?
When a serious injury occurs in an elevator or on stairs, there is a good chance that someone carries liability. On private property, for example, this at-fault party is usually the owner of the structure or a caretaker. On other properties, multiple parties may be at fault—such as the owner of a mall or its management company, or the manufacturers of an escalator or its individual parts.
If the plaintiff was not trespassing and was legally allowed to be on the property, they have a legal right to seek compensation for their injuries. Of course, if they did not heed warning signs or stay within designated areas and were injured, they may not have as strong of a case. However, if it can be demonstrated that a landowner should have been aware of a dangerous condition on a stairway, elevator, or escalator, there is still likely to be grounds for a claim with the help of an experienced Michigan lawyer.
Slip and Fall Case Study
A lawsuit was filed by a tenant who tripped and fell over exposed cable wires in the front yard of his rented townhouse. The landlord blamed the cable company and the tenant, claiming he was comparatively negligent for not seeing the cable wires.
The tenant suffered a cervical spinal cord injury that required surgery and caused permanent disabilities. The cable company paid a settlement but the landlord refused to settle and the case went to trial. A Genesee County Circuit Court jury awarded a $1,321,574 verdict against defendant landlord for common law negligence.
Seeking Legal Help From a Michigan Stairway and Escalator Accident Attorney
If you were injured due to a defective and dangerous lift or hazardous stairway, you have legal rights to pursue a claim. You may qualify for a settlement to compensate you for pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages.
Contact an experienced lawyer at Buckfire Law Firm. We are very familiar with these types of claims and will start working on your case immediately.
We charge no legal fees unless you win a settlement. It costs nothing to get started on your case.
To begin taking legal action, reach out to an attorney today.
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