Steps to Take Following an Elevator Accident in Tampa

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If you have been injured in an elevator accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation if you can prove that your injuries are a direct result of another party’s negligence. To learn more about filing a valid personal injury claim after an elevator accident, continue reading. For assistance with your upcoming claim, do not hesitate to contact our Hillsborough County personal injury lawyer. Here are some questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of elevator accidents?

There are many factors that may cause an elevator accident to occur. The most common causes of elevator accidents are as follows:

  • Door operator errors
  • Negligent elevator design
  • Improper installations
  • Faulty wiring
  • Pully system malfunction
  • Power failures
  • Mechanical breakdown
  • Abrupt stops
  • Drive malfunction

What are the most common injuries sustained in elevator accidents?

Elevator accidents may cause a variety of different injuries. The most common injuries sustained in elevator accidents are as follows:

  • Wrongful death
  • Severed limbs
  • Crush injuries
  • Head trauma
  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and bruise

What should I do after being injured in an elevator accident?

There are a few steps that you should take after an elevator accident that will increase your chances of filing a successful personal injury claim in the future. Consider taking these steps while you are still at the scene of your accident:

  1. Call the police. They will be able to document the accident by completing a police report. They will also bring medical assistance to the scene for your injuries.
  2. While you wait for the ambulance, if you can, take photos of the scene of the accident including any hazards that may have played a part as well as your injuries.
  3. If there were any witnesses to your accident, collect their contact information including their name, phone number, and email address.
  4. Once the ambulance arrives, seek immediate medical treatment.
  5. Collect all relevant medical documents that state the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
  6. Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney.

What is the statute of limitations for a personal injury elevator accident claim in Florida?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is generally four years. This means that you must file your claim within four years of your elevator accident to avoid being permanently time-barred from taking legal action. To get started with this process as soon as possible, give our firm a call today.

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