At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C., we are committed advocates for elevator safety. We firmly believe that businesses, property owners, and manufacturers must be held accountable for unsafe conditions on elevators that result in serious injuries.
Our Chicago elevator accident attorneys fight aggressively to protect the legal rights and financial interests of injured victims. If you were hurt in an elevator accident, you need an experienced premises liability lawyer from our firm on your side. To set up a free, confidential review of your case, please contact us today.
How Our Elevator Accident Lawyer Can Help You
An elevator accident is a type of premises liability claim. To hold a business or property owner legally liable for injuries that occurred on an elevator, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s negligence contributed to the accident.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C., we have extensive experience handling complex premises liability claims. Our team will identify every possible defendant, build a compelling case, and push back forcefully against any attempts to blame you for your accident or to reduce the value of your case.
When you call our office, you will speak to an experienced Chicago elevator accident lawyer who is prepared to:
- Conduct a free, comprehensive review of your elevator accident claim
- Listen to your story and explain your legal rights
- Investigate the accident, gathering all relevant evidence
- Fully calculate your damages and document your injuries
- Deal with the defendants and their insurance companies
- Take aggressive legal action to protect your rights
Every client deserves fully personalized representation. If you were hurt in an elevator fall or elevator crash, we will work tirelessly to protect your rights. Our Chicago premises liability attorneys have a well-documented record of successful results in representing injured victims. Since the founding of our law firm, we have secured more than $1.5 billion in financial compensation for our clients — including obtaining a record-setting $148 million verdict in an Illinois premises liability case.
Types of Elevator Accidents
More than 17,000 people are injured in elevator accidents each year, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both workers and passengers are impacted by unsafe conditions on and around elevators. Accidents can occur for a wide range of reasons. Some of the most common examples include:
- Improper leveling at a floor
- Sudden start and stop of an elevator
- Malfunctioning elevator doors
- An elevator moving too fast
- Elevator power failure
- Errors by an elevator operator
No matter how your elevator injury occurred, you should speak with our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers as soon as possible about your legal rights. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Causes of Elevator Accidents
There are a number of different defendants that may be held legally liable for injuries caused in elevator accidents. Elevator accident claims may be filed against businesses or property owners, elevator maintenance companies, and elevator manufacturers.
Although there are many different causes of elevator accidents, these cases tend to share an important commonality: The overwhelming majority of elevator accidents could have been prevented with proper care.
Some examples of negligence that can lead to elevator accidents include:
- Improper Maintenance: Among the leading causes of elevator accidents are inadequate and improper maintenance. Businesses and property owners must be proactive in overseeing elevators. They need to ensure that elevators are regularly inspected and carefully maintained. When maintenance is required, it is imperative that repair companies offer safe and reliable services.
- Lack of Proper Safety Precautions: Companies responsible for elevators also must ensure that they take the proper safety precautions in every situation — from cleaning up a spill that is reported inside of an elevator to quickly responding to reports or complaints that an elevator is not working correctly.
- Defective Parts: Not all elevator crashes and elevator accidents are the fault of businesses and property owners. In some cases, these incidents are caused by defective elevators parts. Manufacturers of defective elevator parts can be held legally responsible for a resulting accident through a product liability claim.
Elevator Safety Precautions
Illinois businesses and property owners have a legal responsibility to take the proper safety precautions to prevent elevator accidents. Profits should never come before people.
By their very nature, elevators have the potential to be extremely dangerous if the appropriate precautions are not taken. Among other things, property owners should be sure to:
- Conduct regular and thorough elevator inspections.
- Ensure that maintenance is done in the right way.
- Respond to complaints and safety issues without delay.
- Use best practices in ensuring safe operation.
If you are using an elevator, it is also important that you do so in a safe manner. Elevators should always be boarded, ridden, and exited carefully. Report any suspected problems with an elevator to the responsible business or property owner.
You Deserve Full Financial Compensation for Your Injuries
Our goal is simple: to help our clients maximize their financial compensation for injuries. Unfortunately, negligent defendants and large insurance companies fight aggressively to pay out as little as possible in personal injury claims.
If you were hurt in an elevator accident, our Chicago, IL, elevator accident lawyers are standing by, ready to help. You may be entitled to recover payment for:
- Emergency medical treatment
- Other medical bills and expenses
- Rehabilitative care and other future treatment costs
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent scarring
- Long-term disability
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Do not let an insurance company tell you what your case is worth. Talk to our lawyers today about what full and fair compensation should include.
Call a Premises Liability Attorney Today
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C., our Illinois premises liability attorneys have the skills and experience to handle any type of elevator accident claim. If you were hurt on an elevator, we are here to help.
For a free, no obligation review of your case, please contact our law firm today. With offices in Chicago and Waukegan, we represent injured victims throughout the region, including in Cook County, Lake County, Will County, and DuPage County.