Elevator, Escalator and Man Lift Accidents
In today's fast-paced world, elevators, escalators and man lifts have become a common part of our everyday lives. The Lafayette elevator accident lawyers at our firm know that people trust that these ordinary conveniences are safe, regularly inspected and properly maintained. However, these conveniences are also comprised of complex machinery that can malfunction and cause serious injury when negligently operated, inspected or maintained. The primary cause of elevator, escalator, or man lift accidents is poor maintenance. Many public and private facilities have these conveniences, but often fail to keep up with the maintenance required to render safe the machinery. Too often, persons injured by these devices fail to pursue their rights.
Broussard & David represents victims of elevator, escalator and man lift accidents. Our attorneys understand the tragic nature of these accidents. Too often these accidents cause sudden, debilitating injuries that can cause a physical, emotional and financial strain on victims and their families. Trying to navigate the claims process without assistance can cause additional emotional and financial strain on individuals and families. Based in the Lafayette area, our elevator accident attorneys offer compassionate representation and will work to ensure that all negligent actors are held legally responsible for your loss.
Elevator accidents typically occur when an elevator's motor malfunctions or when an elevator becomes stuck between floors. A motor malfunction can cause an elevator to suddenly drop, resulting in falls and serious injuries from the blunt impact. Even a drop of just a few floors can cause traumatic brain injury, facial fractures, dental damage, and spinal injuries. On the other hand, when an elevator becomes stuck between floors, rescue efforts to retrieve the victim can sometimes inadvertently seriously injure the victim. Victims may also experience psychological stress from the unexpected, traumatic incident. Given the extent of the damage that can be caused by these devices, property managers or other companies responsible for maintaining this equipment must be held accountable for the injuries they cause due to their negligent maintenance.
Escalators are commonly found in the workplace and shopping centers. Each year, about 10,000 people are sent to the emergency room due to an escalator accident. Sadly, many of these victims are children. Despite known dangers associated with escalators, their maintenance is typically unregulated. This lack of maintenance and inspection can lead to serious malfunctions, causing victims to be sucked into the escalator, lose limbs or slip and fall.
Workers often rely on man lifts at construction and repair work sites. Man lifts can become dangerous when they are overloaded or improperly secured to the ground. Other workers or equipment can also collide with a man lift and cause it to tip over or collapse. Unfortunately, these accidents commonly occur when employer cuts safety corners, use defective equipment or fail to adequately train and supervise other workers. These tragic workplace accidents often lead to fatal falls or serious injuries, including broken limbs, back injury, paralysis or brain damage.
If you or a loved one were injured in an elevator, escalator or man lift accident, an experienced Lafayette elevator accident attorney can help you hold all negligent actors accountable. Broussard & David can help you understand your legal rights and obtain just compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We offer a COMPLIMENTARY consultation to all prospective clients. For questions contact Broussard & David at 888-337-2323 (toll free) or 337-233-2323 (local). Our elevator accident lawyers serve victims in Lafayette and throughout the surrounding communities.