What to do After an Elevator Accident in Washington D.C.

Elevators are virtually everywhere in Washington D.C., and if you live in the area, you most likely use them every single day. Because we use them so frequently, we rarely think about what would happen in the event of a malfunction. Unfortunately, they happen, and if you were the unlucky passenger to be aboard an elevator at the time of a malfunction, you are most likely now severely injured. Most victims of elevator accidents seek financial compensation to help cover the cost of their medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. If you find yourself in this situation, please read on to learn more about your legal options going forward:

What can cause an elevator accident?

Elevators are more complex than you may think, and if even one thing goes wrong, it may result in a disaster. Some of the most common causes of elevator accidents are as follows:

  • Abrupt stops
  • Door operator errors
  • Mechanical breakdowns
  • Drive malfunctions
  • Improper installations
  • Power failures
  • Failing to perform regular maintenance to keep the elevator up-to-date
  • Pully system malfunctions
  • Negligent elevator designs
  • Faulty wiring

Can I sue after being injured in an elevator accident?

Fortunately, you can, though it may be harder than you think. Elevator accidents may either be a premises liability lawsuit or a product liability lawsuit, and your attorney will have to determine which it is. Additionally, insurance companies are known to deny individuals the compensation they deserve, so it is generally best you hire an attorney who is capable of proving that you were injured due to another party’s negligence.

Do I need an attorney to win a personal injury claim?

Attorneys are trained to work tirelessly to obtain, analyze, and present evidence in the most convincing way possible. When you retain our firm, you hire attorneys that will work to obtain surveillance footage of the accident, pictures of the safety hazard that caused your injuries, medical documentation, police reports, witness statements, and more.

What is the statute of limitations in Washington D.C.?

The statute of limitations in Washington D.C. is three years. This means you will have three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim against a negligent party. If you wait past the three-year mark, you will be barred from suing. The sooner you file, the better. Our firm is ready to get the claims process started.

Contact our experienced Washington D.C. firm

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.