Elevator Accident in Michigan
Elevator accidents which result in injury are rare. However, because of the nature of these accidents, serious injuries may result when an accident does occur. The issues involved usually have less to do with whether the injured plaintiff has a legitimate claim, and more to do with identifying the appropriate defendant to sue.
Legal Duties and Obligations
Permits must be acquired from the state of Michigan to install an elevator regardless of whether the elevator is being installed into a commercial building or in a private residence. Once installed, the owner of a building (unless it is a private residence) must regularly inspect the elevator and make sure it is in good working order. Inspections must be made by a state of Michigan Elevator Inspector. Licensed elevator contracting companies which are in the business of installing and maintaining elevators are also required to make sure that elevators are well-maintained and safe. The required tests and inspections may vary depending on the kind of elevator.
Who Can I Sue?
It is typical for most people injured in an elevator accident (or their families) to sue the owner of the building in which the accident occurred on theories of premises liability. In other words, owners of buildings have a legal obligation to make sure that their buildings are safe, and if there is any aspect about their building that is not safe, there is a duty to warn of the danger or keep people away from it. There may also be a negligence claim against a company that is in charge of maintaining and fixing the elevator itself. These are the reasons that if you have ever seen an out-of-order elevator, or where there are people working on an elevator, the doors are often times left open and roped off to the public.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in Michigan
If you, or someone you know, has been injured in an elevator accident, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Important cut-off dates exist by which a claim must be filed, so there is no time to waste. Elevator accidents can result in catastrophic injuries; you need an experienced attorney in these kinds of cases. Call one at 586-268-2400.