Because of all the multi-story buildings in Southern California, almost everyone has ridden in an elevator at one time or another without giving any thought to their safety.
According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, while infrequent, there are at least 10,000 people injured in an elevator accident every year. Many are related to elevator doors malfunctioning or the elevator car misalign with the floor.
In addition, deaths can happen when a repair person is working on the elevator and accidentally falls down the elevator shaft or is caught between the elevator and the shaft wall. This usually occurs due to malfunctions in the operation of the elevator, such as problems with the doors, pulleys, or wiring.
The owner is responsible for any dangerous conditions on the property that harm visitors, such as unsafe elevators. They must make sure the visitors to the building are safe. The owner is not the only responsible party – the elevator manufacturer could be liable for any injuries or deaths as a result of improperly manufactured or maintained elevators.
According to California Civil Code Section 2011, “Common carriers, such as elevators, must use the utmost care and diligence for their safe carriage. They must provide everything necessary for that purpose and they must exercise a reasonable degree of skill.”
If you have been injured by dangerous elevator, you may have a personal injury case against the building’s owner, the elevator manufacturer, or the elevator maintenance company.
Contact the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney. We will be able to advise you on whether you have a case and the best course of action for your particular situation.