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Chicago Elevator Accident Attorneys

elevator-accident-injuryAmericans take an estimated 120 billion trips on both elevators or escalators every year. With 600,000 elevators throughout the United States, many people may use these time-savers several times a day. While they are convenient, if the equipment is not maintained or operated safely, these metal cars can cause severe accidents. An estimated 10,000 severe injuries in the U.S. occur each year that involve elevators and dozens of deaths.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents elevator accident injured victims. Our Chicago elevator accident attorneys work to get you the compensation you deserve when a poorly maintained or defectively designed elevator results in an injury to you or the wrongful death of a loved one. Our law office has successfully prosecuted elevator accident cases against property owners, maintenance companies, installers, and manufacturers. Allow our attorneys to serve you. We offer free case reviews for all Chicago elevator accident cases.

Types Of Elevator Injuries

Most injuries and fatal accidents that happen in elevators involve getting in and out of the metal container. Many of these accidents cause severe injuries that require medical attention.
  • Slips, trips, and falls. People easily trip or fall when entering or leaving an elevator. If the car does not stop correctly, it may not be aligned with the floor outside of the elevator, leaving a dangerous ledge that people can trip over.
  • Door closing. Automatic doors can shut on a person while exiting or entering the container, crushing a limb or appendage. Most have safety features that are meant to prevent the doors from closing on an object or person, but if the doors malfunction, a person might be injured.
  • Rapid car drops. A sudden drop in an elevator car is the equivalent of a car crash that can throw passengers around

Elderly And Children Injured In Chicago Elevator Accidents

Elderly persons are often the most vulnerable to elevator accidents. About 2,600 elderly visit the emergency room each year due to elevator accidents. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that escalator and elevator accidents are infrequent and claim the lives of thirty victims on average every year. About 50% of all the fatalities in elevators involve workers installing or maintaining the equipment. The survivors of these accidents suffered:
  • Injuries from trips or falls
  • Fractured hips
  • Soft-tissue injuries
  • Crushing injuries
Young children and teenagers are very susceptible to elevator injuries. However, most of the severely injured victims are eighty-five years of age or older. Only a small number of elevator and escalator accidents requiring a trip to the emergency room affect young people. According to Consumer Watch.com, show that the injury rate in children harmed on trips on elevators every year in America as 2.6 per 100,000. Children up to four years of age were most likely to suffer significant injuries.

Freight Elevator Accidents In Warehouses & Factories

Many businesses and warehouses regularly utilize freight elevators to move merchandise and overstock items. Many freight elevators are manually operated. Their design could pose a substantial risk of injury to both operators and people in the area. Moreover, the doors on fright elevators may not shut entirely. Only a few freight elevators utilize door locks. The industrial design of these units could expose people to falls down the elevator shaft.

Elevator Safety Precautions

There are strict laws that regulate elevator safety and maintenance. In Illinois, the State of Illinois Fire Marshall – Division of Elevator Safety oversees the construction, maintenance, and use of elevator doors statewide. The Elevator Safety and Regulation Act regulates the industry, and all those who install, construct, repair, maintain, or own escalators.

Any individual injured due to poor maintenance or non-functioning safety features has grounds for a personal injury case. Depending on the circumstance, the owner of the building, the elevator manufacturer, maintenance company, or installer may be liable for injuries caused in an elevator accident.

Hiring Chicago Elevator Accident Injury Lawyers

Elevator injury cases can be complicated and often require investigations, inspections, and other research to build a strong personal injury case. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is a comprehensive team of the top Chicago accident attorneys experienced at handling these types of complex cases. We fight to get our clients the financial compensation they deserve for their injuries or the loss of a loved one.

Let us protect your legal rights to ensure you are compensated for your medical expenses, hospitalization costs, and time away from work. Your premises liability claim will hold anyone with a duty of care to keep you safe legally accountable for their negligence. The responsible party might be a building owner, property management company, elevator installers, defective product manufacturer, commercial or residential property, or other elevator passengers.

Additionally, we will assist you in filing appropriate Workers' Compensation documents to ensure you receive maximum monetary compensation as allowed under Illinois law. If you are the family member of a deceased victim of an escalator accident, you also have the right to seek financial compensation through a personal injury wrongful death lawsuit.

Our personal injury attorneys have handled premises liability cases in the Chicago area where the victims suffered a serious injury at office buildings, shopping malls, supermarkets, grocery stores, and parks in numerous locations including:

•    Des Plaines
•    Lake County
•    Cook County
•    DuPage County
•    Arlington Heights
•    Park Ridge
•    Hanover Park
•    Hoffman Estates

Meet with a premises liability attorney as soon as possible after an elevator accident to discuss a personal injury lawsuit. Let us recover your medical bills, hospitalization expenses, and obtain money from your time away from the job. A liability attorney from our law office can begin a proper investigation immediately and collect the evidence needed to win this type of case. Call us today for a free consultation.

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