Construction site elevators are essential in the building industry, yet they can also be dangerous. An elevator accident on a construction site in Chicago recently resulted in a deadly injury.
The elevator accident happened when workers took an elevator to access the fifth floor of the construction project and unexpectedly fell to the second floor. In addition to physical injuries, those involved suffered from extreme shock and emotional trauma due to the nature of the accident.
Were you involved in an elevator accident? Do you suspect your injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence? The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC represent injured victims harmed in elevator accidents.
Call our workers’ compensation lawyers at (888) 424-5757 or use the contact form for additional information or schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
Elevator Accident Falls on Construction Jobsites
Falls remain the most common cause of serious injury and even death on construction job sites, and most fall-related elevator accidents are preventable. Construction companies must take all necessary precautions to prevent falls when installing or maintaining elevators to prevent similar disasters from occurring again.
Falls down elevator shafts more often than not result in catastrophic and life-altering severe injuries that rob victims of quality of life.
The true injustice in most elevator shaft fall injuries is that they can be easily prevented. The only way to promote safer construction environments is to hold construction companies accountable for negligent actions and their failure to prioritize the implementation of safety protocols proven to save lives.
The Causes of Elevator Shaft Falls
The elevator shaft is a hidden killer on high-rise construction sites because they are often unmarked, and employees are busy performing duties to be aware of all hazards on each floor.
Possible causes of an elevator accident with severe injury or even death where a victim falls down a shaft include:
- Lack of posted warnings— Hazards on construction sites must be marked to alert workers to potential threats to their safety. Any open elevator shaft should have posted warnings alerting workers of the hazard on the construction site so they avoid entering close proximity to the elevator shaft.
- Unprotected openings— The simple installation of guard rails or safety nets can prevent elevator shaft falls or save the lives of those who slip into an open elevator shaft. A personal fall arrest system can protect against a fall or reduce injuries’ severity.
- Unawareness of surroundings— Workers may inadvertently walk backward into an open elevator shaft if they are helping others move objects or equipment with their backs to the hazard.
- Lack of an emergency plan— Because construction sites often exist where addresses have not yet been established, emergency services can be more difficult to locate the site and send help. Every construction site needs to have an emergency plan to address how workers must respond when victims are injured or how to ensure their safety in the presence of hazards.
Elevator Shaft Fall-Related Injuries More Severe
Most elevator shaft falls do not have happy endings, and the workers who have fallen are often killed or severely injured and maimed in critical condition if they are lucky enough to survive.
The cost of caring for a paralyzed loved one who has suffered extensive brain damage or must spend the rest of their life under assisted care is exhaustive.
A lifetime of care for tetraplegia (quadraplegia), for example, is more than $4 million if the victim is 25 years old at the time of injury.
Taking legal action against the victim’s employer is often the only way that victims or their loved ones can secure the compensation that is needed to pay for their initial medical care, the ongoing care they must receive for the remainder of their lives, and for the loss of income that has resulted from never being able to work again.
Our Commitment to Holding Employers and Other Parties Accountable for Severe Injuries Related to Falls in Elevator Shafts
Holding negligent employers accountable for the cost of their disregard for safety is the only way to motivate others to create safer work environments for their workers.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC are highly qualified and experienced attorneys specializing in representing anyone who has been unduly injured due to the reckless or irresponsible behavior of others.
Contact our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation with an attorney to learn everything you need to know about your legal rights and to allow us to collect the information we need to launch our investigation.
Once we’ve properly evaluated your elevator shaft fall case, we can answer your legal process questions and advise you on how to proceed properly.
At no point do we require payment from any of our clients before successfully collecting compensation and resolving their elevator shaft accident case. If we cannot secure the damages you are entitled to receive, you will not owe us any payment.