Elevator Accidents in Washington D.C. | What You Need to Know

Most of us do not see elevators as particularly dangerous, and fortunately, the majority of the world goes their whole lives without ever having an incident in an elevator. However, this is not always the case, as there are times where elevators can quickly become very unsafe. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about elevator accidents and how our firm can assist you through every step of the claims process ahead if you have been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do elevator accidents happen?

Elevator accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons. In many cases, they are the result of defective elevator parts. However, the cause of their defects will play a significant role in determining the party that you have a claim against. For example, if we can prove that you were harmed as a result of a negligent elevator design or manufacturer, there is a very good chance that you will have a product liability claim. However, if we can prove that the property owner (landlord, super, etc.) either knew or should have known about the unsafe elevator conditions, failed to take action to fix them, and that you were seriously injured and incurred significant damages as a result, there is a very good chance that you will have a valid premises liability claim.

What should I do after being hurt in an elevator accident?

After sustaining an injury in an elevator accident, it is critical that you do everything in your power to document the incident. This means calling the police, notifying the property owner, asking witnesses for their contact information, taking pictures or videos of the incident and its aftermath, seeking immediate medical treatment, and, of course, retaining the services of a knowledgeable Washington D.C. personal injury attorney.

How long will I have to file a personal injury claim in Washington D.C.?

When someone is injured in an accident, it is critical that they take legal action within the state’s statute of limitations. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is, generally, three years, in most cases, you will only have three years from the date of your accident to sue the liable party for your injuries. Our firm is ready to begin the claims process on your behalf today.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.