Elevator Or Escalator Accidents In Hotels and Casinos
In this country of gigantic casinos and hotels with towering offices, many Californian residents are likely to get on elevators several times a day.
Most people may think that the likelihood of bodily injury or an accident in an elevator is slim.
Although elevators are generally safe and convenient, and often a necessity, accidents do occur.
Very often as a result of a poor lift function that could have been prevented if the owner took better care of them.
According to studies carried out by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and other organizations, an average of about six people die each year in elevator-related accidents, and thousands more are injured.
Elevators must be frequently inspected and maintained by the owner of the casino or hotel, often through contracted services of a professional elevator maintenance company.
When maintenance is not present or is improperly done, the results can be horrible.
The range of injuries in an elevator can go from bruising, lacerations, and fractures, up to head injuries, amputations of fingers and toes or even to arms and legs.
These accidents may be the fault of the owner, maintenance company, or other entities, such as electricians who installed faulty cables that affected the elevator system.
Also, the manufacturer of the lift’s parts or replacement parts might have sold a unit that was defective before leaving the factory, which resulted in the equipment failing at a critical time.
Common Injuries From Elevator/Escalator Accidents in Hotels and Casinos
The causes of injury in an elevator are several, and include:
- Doors that close very fast while people enter and exit
- Doors that do not open or close, requiring blocked passengers to open or close them
- The elevator is suddenly fired up or down quickly
- The cabin gets stuck between two floors
- The elevator stops above or below the level of a floor, which causes a trip and a fall
- The doors open in a vacuum
The loss of a limb or even the tip of a finger can be terribly painful and leave you permanently disabled or disfigured.
Even when bodily injuries are mild, shock and trauma associated with an accident in an elevator can cause severe emotional distress including post-traumatic stress disorder.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Elevators are a vital component of many hotels and casinos.
These must be maintained and regularly checked in order to properly ensure the safety of its users.
Given the potential hazards associated with elevators, hotel and casino owners must comply with numerous state regulations.
When building owners do not comply with these regulations, it can result in serious injury and even death.
If you have been injured in an elevator accident, contact the Avrek Law Firm today.
Call us as soon as possible to schedule a free and confidential evaluation of your case.
You can also contact us by e-mail.
We can go to your home or the hospital if you cannot come to our office.
Other Issues With Elevators in Casinos and Hotels
The Avrek Law Firm helps people who have been injured in elevator accidents in hotels and casinos.
We also represent those injured in escalator accidents.
For more than 30 years, victims have turned to our accident attorneys for dedicated, strategic legal representation.
We are able to handle any type of situation, including:
- A sudden drop in floors
- An elevator that is stuck between floors
- The elevator doors open into the open elevator shaft
- Power failures
Our lawyers will take steps to include all responsible parties.
These parties may include the owner of the hotel or casino, the company in charge of maintaining the lift, and any other party.
We will work closely with you to determine your medical expenses, loss of income due to the accident and other losses.
We will prepare a strong legal action designed to recover compensation in any settlement or trial if necessary.
How Much is My Accident Worth?
In almost all cases, one of the first questions that comes up after initiating a personal injury case is the following: “How much is my case worth?”
And although all cases are different, it is possible to give a potential approximation of value to your case by calculating how much your injuries have cost, not only monetarily, but also the physical and mental weight that they had/have on you.
These numbers make up what is known as “damage.”
There is no magic personal injury calculator.
Each case is different.
The only way to bring a value to your case is to talk to one of our experienced personal injury lawyers about the factors in it.
Here are the different types of compensatory damages for you after an elevator accident in a hotel or casino:
- Medical treatment
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional stress
- Lost quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
What to Do If Injured In An Elevator Accident In a Casino Or Hotel
- Get medical help even if you do not appear to be immediately seriously injured. Some injuries, such as head injuries, may not have immediate symptoms but may later require lifetime treatments. Visit your family doctor or local clinic as soon as possible after the accident, for a thorough review.
- Get as much documentation as you can at the accident scene and after. Exchange information with other people on the elevator, obtain information from potential witnesses, take photos of the scene of the accident, and generally collect as much information as you can.
- Call a personal injury lawyer at Avrek Law as soon as possible after your accident. Contact a local personal injury lawyer with experience in elevator crash cases. Your attorney can help you determine the total probable cost of your injuries, investigate the cause of the accident, advise you of your rights, and help you review any legal or insurance documentation that is provided to you.
- Contact the hotel/casino manager. You should contact the owner of the hotel or casino as soon as possible and inform him/her of the situation.