Elevator Accident Attorneys Serving Arizona
Elevators and escalators are part of our everyday lives. With that said, we typically think of them as helpful when we have to get to a high floor, not dangerous. Unfortunately, elevators and escalators are the cause of many serious accidents each year. Individuals who are injured in these types of accidents are often the victims of significant injuries that result in lifelong suffering. Some of the injuries that are commonly sustained in an elevator accident include spinal cord damage, broken bones, lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, or worse, death. Individuals who have been the victims of these accidents should be sure to retain experienced legal counsel as soon as possible. The attorneys at Weintraub & Weintraub can effectively represent you through your elevator accident case. Contact our firm today.
Who is liable in an elevator or escalator accident?
When an individual becomes injured in an elevator or escalator accident, they are often facing burdens that are emotional, physical, and financial in nature. Injured parties have the opportunity to file a lawsuit against the party who was responsible for the accident. However, this is sometimes easier said than done, especially when it comes to elevator or escalator accidents. The injured party must first determine who exactly was at fault for the accident and then find proof to show that they were negligent. Elevators and escalators are some of the most complex machines that nearly everyone in Arizona has regular access to. It is the responsibility of the injured party to determine whether the accident is the fault of the property owner or the manufacturer of the elevator or escalator.
In situations where the property owner is responsible for the accident, the injured party has to prove that they knew about the dangerous condition and did nothing to fix it, which caused them to become injured. As previously mentioned, elevators and escalators are complex machines and therefore, the property owner may not have had any idea that there was something wrong with theirs because the machinery is beyond their comprehension. In this situation, the manufacturer may be held liable and the accident may be considered product liability. Defective product cases are complex and require a team of experts to assess whether the design was unsafe or the manufacturer deviated from a safe design. In some cases, the issue may have been the result of improper labeling of the elevator or escalator. These issues are all considered negligence and can be the basis of a lawsuit.
The Statute of Limitations in Arizona
When an individual is injured in the state of Arizona, they will have to abide by a certain deadline if they wish to take legal action. The statutes of limitations allow an injured party two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. If the injured party fails to do so within this period of time, they will be forever barred from taking legal action against the property owner or otherwise responsible party.
Contact Weintraub & Weintraub
When an individual in Arizona is involved in an elevator or escalator accident, they may be suffering from serious, lifelong injuries. These injuries often result in a wide variety of burdens, from financial to physical to emotional. Therefore, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced, dedicated team of attorneys that can guide you through each step of the legal process and help you obtain compensation for your injuries. If you need an effective legal team with the skill and experience necessary to represent your interests, contact Weintraub & Weintraub today.