Elevator Accidents

For the most part, elevators don’t seem dangerous. People in Las Vegas use them every day and rely on them to get to high floors of shopping centers, apartments, office buildings, and hotels. Of course, when an elevator is not properly maintained or has a defect, it can cause a very serious accident. These accidents often result in permanent injuries for the victims who were impacted by the elevator incident. Some of the many injuries that can occur in an elevator accident include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, broken bones, and even death. When an individual is injured in an elevator accident, it is essential that they retain the services of an effective attorney. The legal team at Lawrence C. Hill & Associates has years of experience guiding clients through these complex cases. If you have been injured in an elevator accident, contact Lawrence C. Hill & Associates today.

Victims of elevator accidents are often suffering from emotional, financial, and physical burdens. This type of accident lends itself to a personal injury case. However, one of the most complex issues in an elevator accident is determining who is liable. In some elevator accidents, the property owner is at fault. In other situations, it is the manufacturer or the elevator that must be held responsible. Therefore, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney with the skill and knowledge that it takes to assess all possibilities and determine the responsible party.

If the property owner knew that there was an issue with the elevator and failed to have it repaired, they may be held responsible for the accident. The injured party will be responsible for proving that the owner knew or should have reasonably known about the issue and failed to fix it. However, if there was an issue that was completely undetectable to the property owner, it may be the fault of the manufacturer for not producing a product that was safe for public use. When this is the case, the situation may turn from a personal injury matter to a product liability matter. The plaintiff will have to determine what part of the manufacturing process was not safe in order to hold them accountable. The elevator may have had a design flaw, a flaw in manufacturing despite a safe design, or it was not properly labeled. It is best to retain the services of a legal team that is well-equipped in both of these areas to ensure that the situation is handled accordingly and that the appropriate parties are held responsible.
If an accident occurs and passengers become injured, they often wish to take legal action against the party that caused the accident. Both the Las Vegas Monorail and the three different tram services are owned by private companies. This is beneficial to the injured party due to the fact that they will be able to deal directly with the company and not have to go through a public entity, such as the city of Las Vegas. When an individual becomes injured on one of Las Vegas’ transportation systems, it is important that they speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.