Though when most of us hear the word “accident,” we think of an unfortunate event on the road, the truth is, accidents can happen anyplace, anywhere, and one of those places is elevators. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to learn more about elevator accidents and how our firm can help you through the legal process ahead if you have been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What should I do after an elevator accident?
If you are injured in an elevator accident, you should take several steps to maximize your chances of winning a personal injury claim in the future. Those steps are as follows:
- Press the alarm button for assistance.
- Call the police.
- Take pictures or a video of the unsafe conditions/the accident itself.
- Ask anyone who saw your accident for their name, phone number, and email.
- Once you are transported to and treated at a hospital, ask your doctor for all medical documentation pertaining to your injuries.
- Retain the services of an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who can gather and present all additional evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof.
Who is responsible for an elevator accident?
If you were injured in an elevator accident, you will need a Montgomery County personal injury attorney who can determine the liable party. For example, if your attorney determines that the cause of your accident was a negligent elevator designer or manufacturer, there is a very good chance you will file a product liability lawsuit. However, if your attorney can prove that a property owner knew about the unsafe conditions and failed to fix them and you were injured as a result, you will most likely file a premises liability lawsuit.
How long will I have to take legal action after an accident in Pennsylvania?
If you are injured in an accident, you will have to file your lawsuit within the state’s statute of limitations. Since the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania is, generally, two years, you will, generally, have two years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the party responsible. If you wait any longer than two years, there is a very good chance that you will be barred from suing. Do not let that happen. Our firm is ready to begin the claims process today.
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