There are many elevators located throughout Minnesota, which leaves a great deal of opportunity for something to go wrong at some point. Elevator accidents can happen for a number of reasons with the most common being poorly maintained elevators. Regardless of the reason, the injuries that result can be very serious. Sometimes these accidents even result in death.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an elevator accident, it is very important to know that you have rights. You use an elevator with the expectation that it is going to work the way that it is supposed to. When it doesn’t, it is the responsibility of the building owner, the building manager, or the person in charge of the elevator to take care of it. When injury or death occurs, it is the right of those affected to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible with the help of a Mankato personal injury lawyer.
Experience Helping Elevator Accident Victims
Unfortunately, elevator accidents happen all of the time and for various reasons. Those reasons can include:
- Improper maintenance
- Jammed doors
- The emergency stop does not work
- The system is designed poorly
- Elevator shaft failure
- Inadequate or improper operation
- Lack of proper signage in and around a working or broken elevator
- Problems with elevator alignment
When an accident occurs because of any of the above reasons and it is found that negligence is the cause of the accident, the property owner’s insurance company will be the one responsible for paying for the monetary damages that the victim has been dealt. They act on behalf of the property owner, as the property owner carries insurance to reduce or eliminate their personal liabilities in the case of an accident.
Solid Negotiation Skills
Because your Southern Minnesota personal injury lawyer will be dealing with the insurance company, excellent negotiation skills are needed. This is because the insurance company will do everything they possibly can to avoid having to pay what the victim is due. If they don’t offer a settlement that is adequate, then the case can be argued in court on your behalf. All evidence will be shown as to what happened and why, as well as what the injuries mean for you and your future. This can result in a jury award that is adequate enough to ensure that you can pay your medical expenses, present and future lost wages, and other costs associated with the accident.
Contact A Mankato Personal Injury Attorney
There are many elevators throughout Mankato and all of Minnesota, which means that there is plenty of opportunity for accidents. Nonetheless, most elevators throughout the state are maintained well. It is those that are not maintained well or do not contain the proper posted warnings that can be the cause of a devastating accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in an elevator accident, you may have a personal injury claim against the negligent parties. To learn more, call Farrish Johnson Law Office, CHTD at 507-625-2525 to schedule a free consultation.