Statistics provided by the federal government demonstrate that nearly 27 passengers die each year in elevator accidents, while an additional 11,000 are injured.
An elevator is a form of vertical transport which moves people or goods between floors of buildings, vessels, and other multiple layered structures. Although outstanding when it comes to making life easier for pedestrians and workers, there are also many elevator accidents that occur each day throughout North Carolina, the United States, and world.
At Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys, we want elevator accident victims to know they are not alone during this special time of need. Our personal injury attorneys believe that the negligent individual or entity which caused the accident should be held responsible for all injuries, damages, and deaths which resulted from this unfortunate situation.
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Types of Elevators
As the elevator is considered to be the most convenient type of transport inside a building or multi-level complex, there must be several different types of elevators. These elevators may be designed for different purposes depending on if it will be transporting people or goods from floor to floor.
Some common types of elevators include:
Traction elevators are typically come in two forms; geared and gearless. The geared form uses worm gears to control movement of the elevator cars by using hoist ropes which are attached to a motor. On the other hand, gearless traction machines use high torque electric motors where a drive sheave is attached to the end of a motor and uses a brake to hold the elevator stationary.
Hydraulic elevators can be found in three different forms, while they are less energy efficient than traction elevators due to the use of a pump pushing against gravity to move the car. Energy is lost when the car descends on its own weight. These types of elevators consist of the following:
- Conventional – these use an underground cylinder, and are common in lower level buildings consisting of two to five floors.
- Hole-less – These use a pair of above ground cylinders and are usually found in cost sensitive and environmentally friendly buildings with two to four floors.
- Roped – These uses both above ground cylinders and a rope system to allow the elevator to travel further than the piston is required to move.
Traction-hydraulic elevators use overhead traction cables and a counterweight, while using hydraulic power to move the car. The weight of the car and its passengers allows for less demand of the pump to raise the counterweight, thus reducing the size of the machinery needed.
Climbing elevators are self-ascending and use their own propulsion using an electric or combustion engine. These elevators use masts or towers and mostly hold one person and their equipment to perform general maintenance.
Of course, when problems occur with these elevators, there are typically several injuries due to the impact created from the fall along with other factors.
Causes of Elevator Injuries
Injuries caused by elevators are typically categorized as “premises liability cases”, which hold the property owners responsible for their faulty equipment, poor maintenance, or unsafe conditions. In most instances, the causes of elevator injuries will include the following:
- Elevator becomes stuck between floors
- Elevator doors close on someone or something
- Elevator fails to open or close doors normally
- Elevator has faulty equipment
- Elevator is not even with floor, causing passengers to trip
- Elevator suddenly stops at floor
- Elevators drops or suddenly speeds up
- Poorly maintained elevator parts
In any case, these causes of elevator injuries can cause an individual to sustain many different forms of injuries depending on each specific situation.
Common Elevator Injuries
It is common for the above causes of elevator injuries to affect individuals in different ways. This means that injuries sustained can be more severe depending on which situation occurred. In most cases, the following injuries may be sustained during these types of accidents:
- Broken bones
- Concussion injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Dislocated joint
- Internal injuries
- Fractured skull
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken back
- Loss of limb
If you have been injured in an elevator accident, it is recommended to seek medical attention immediately, as these medical documents can be used against the owner of the property in the court of law.
Contact Our Winston-Salem Personal Injury Attorneys
At Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys, we have won over $10 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and have the experience to handle your specific injury litigation. Our attorneys believe that if you or a family member has been injured due to the negligence of another individual, the victim may be entitled to compensation for all losses and damages sustained.
With our primary location in Winston-Salem, we are able to serve clients throughout the entire state of North Carolina.
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