What You Need to Know About Elevator Accidents in Pennsylvania

Most people go their entire lives using elevators without incident, and while this may seem rather obvious, the truth is, elevator accidents do happen, and if you’ve been injured in one, you should continue reading and consider speaking with our Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can guide you through every step of the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do elevator accidents happen?

Elevator accidents can occur for many different reasons, however, they are most frequently the result of negligence. However, the party we sue depends largely on the circumstances of your injuries. For example, if we can prove that the property owner, whether it be the landlord, super, or whoever else, either knew or should have reasonably known about the unsafe conditions, failed to fix them, and that you were injured and incurred significant damages as a result, there is a very good chance that you will be entitled to financial compensation in a premises liability claim. That being said, if you were injured in an elevator accident as a result of a negligent elevator design or a negligent elevator manufacturer, then you will most likely have a valid product liability claim.

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

If you are injured in an elevator accident, you should do everything in your power to document the incident, as it may drastically increase your chances of winning a future personal injury claim. This means you should call the police, notify the property owner of your accident, ask anyone who witnessed your accident for their contact information, take pictures/videos of the accident and its aftermath, and retain the services of a knowledgeable Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who can work to obtain all of the additional evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim.

How long will I have to sue after being injured in an elevator accident in PA?

After an elevator accident, it is critical that you take legal action within Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in PA is, generally, two years, you must not wait any longer than two years from the date of your accident to pursue financial compensation from the liable party. If you do, you may permanently lose your right to sue. Give us a call today so we can get started.


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