According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, every year there are tens of thousands of people injured in elevator and escalator accidents across this nation. The reason? Most escalators and elevators that fail were not regularly inspected and maintained by licensed elevator or escalator mechanics.
The primary party responsible for your Georgia elevator accident injury is the building owner; however, there could be other parties responsible for your injuries including:
- The maintenance company that services the elevator
- The manufacturer of the elevator
- The manufacturers of elevator parts and equipment
In order to determine which party you should file a lawsuit against, your Atlanta premises liability attorney will need to review the past couple years of elevator maintenance records and have an expert inspect the elevator car, shaft (also known as a hoistway), and pit. Also, your lawyer will investigate if there is an indemnity agreement between the maintenance company and the building owner and find out if there have been any other elevator accidents in the last several years.
After being injured in an elevator accident, it is critical that you seek medical attention and speak with a knowledgeable premises liability lawyer in Atlanta immediately. Premises liability cases are sometimes difficult to prove and a lawyer will need to start collecting evidence and conduct inspections immediately after the accident in order to establish fault.
You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages due to time off of work, pain and suffering, and more. For help obtaining the best possible compensation, call Shane Smith Law at (980) 246-2656 for a complimentary case consultation today.