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

Most of us will go our whole lives without ever being involved in an elevator accident. Unfortunately, many individuals are not so lucky. If you are someone who has been injured in an elevator accident in Washington D.C., you must continue reading and speak with our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about elevator accident, what you should do after being injured in one, and how our firm can help you through every step of the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of elevator accidents?

Elevator accidents can happen for a wide variety of reasons, though they are usually a result of property owner negligence or product manufacturer-designer negligence. Some of the most common causes of elevator accidents are as follows:

  • Drive malfunction
  • Improper installations
  • Power failures
  • Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
  • Pully system malfunction
  • Negligent elevator design
  • Faulty wiring
  • Abrupt stops
  • Door operator errors
  • Mechanical breakdown

What should I do if I am injured in an elevator accident?

If you are injured in an elevator accident, you should take the following steps to maximize your chances of winning a personal injury claim in the future:

  1. Call the police, as they will send an ambulance to the scene of the accident.
  2. Ask anyone who saw your accident for their name and phone number.
  3. Take pictures of the unsafe condition that caused your accident.
  4. Receive medical treatment immediately. Once you do, ensure that you ask your doctor for all medical documentation/bills associated with your injury.
  5. Hire a knowledgeable Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who can gather and present all additional evidence needed to prove your personal injury claim. In many instances, we can subpoena security camera footage of the accident as it happened.

How long will I have to sue for an injury in Washington D.C.?

If you are injured in an elevator accident, you will have to file your personal injury claim within the amount of time the statute of limitations allows. Since the statute of limitations for premises liability claims in Washington D.C. is, generally, three years, you will, generally, have three years from the date of your accident to sue the party responsible. We are here to help you today–all you have to do is tell us your story so we can begin the claims process on your behalf.


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.