Dallas Elevator Accident Lawyer

How Elevator Negligence Can Cause Injury or Death

Elevators are convenient modes of transportation between floors. Riders entrust the safety of an elevator from the moment the doors close to the moment they reopen.

The mechanics behind the scenes that makes transport between floors possible are complex. One unsafe part or a missed safety inspection can spell disaster for elevator occupants.

User and worker safety is paramount to ensuring an uneventful elevator experience. But, sadly, it takes just one misstep, oversight, faulty part, or careless action to cause an elevator accident.

Such an elevator accident is a frightening, traumatic event that can result in catastrophic injuries or death. If you or a loved one experienced an elevator accident caused by negligence, contact a Dallas elevator accident lawyer immediately.


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What you need to know about elevator negligence and how Crain Brogdon, LLP can help.

Elevator Accident Statistics

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission report that elevator and escalator accidents kill approximately 30 people and seriously injure 17,000 people each year. Ninety percent of deaths and 60 percent of serious injuries are due to elevator accidents.

Both the general public and elevator workers are at risk for harm or loss of life. Falls are a leading cause of death in elevator accidents in both categories:

  • General public: Fatal calls occur when the call button is pushed, the elevator doors open, and no elevator car is at the door.
  • Workers: Fatal falls into elevator shafts commonly occur due to inadequate fall protection.

In addition to falls, caught-in-between accidents involving doors are also common events. For example, when caught by faulty elevator doors, children and adults can experience entrapment.

Workers are at risk of descending elevator accidents while working in an elevator shaft. A mechanical issue or faulty part can result in severe injuries or death.

There is no excuse for failure to warn users that an elevator is out of order. Providing elevator workers with faulty equipment is also inexcusable.

No one expects an elevator or safety equipment to fail. Unfortunately, there is little to nothing anyone can do to prevent a tragic fall or death when an elevator accident occurs.

A civil claim or lawsuit against a liable party may bring much-needed attention to a problematic and dangerous elevator. If successful, your case may also provide you with the compensation you need and deserve.

A Dallas elevator accident lawyer will stand by you and provide you with timely updates regarding your case.

Elevator Accidents and Severe Injuries

Medical Costs Relating to Elevator Injuries Are Expensive

For those who survive a traumatic fall, the injuries are typically catastrophic. For example, the blunt force impact of a fall into an elevator shaft can result in such injuries as:

  • Traumatic brain injury: Disrupts normal brain function and may require around-the-clock care.
  • Spinal cord injury: Full or partial paralysis causes most patients to use a power chair for mobility and costly home modifications for chair use.
  • Bone fractures: Severe fractures may result in amputations or a long recovery involving extensive physical therapy and multiple surgeries.
  • Internal injuries: Immediate medical attention following an elevator accident is crucial for identifying and treating internal harm.

The medical costs associated with these, and other severe injuries are significant. For example, a spinal cord injury can cost millions of dollars throughout a patient’s lifetime.

If you suffered harm due to elevator negligence, the negligent party and not you should pay for your medical costs. Ensuring you have access to the care you need is vital as you recover from your elevator accident injuries.

Elevator accident victims may never return to their careers or favorite hobbies. The life-altering event of a tragic elevator accident can forever impact their quality of life, which is not fair.

A loved one may initially survive their injuries, only to die later. An elevator accident lawyer in Dallas helps victims with either a personal injury or wrongful death case.

An elevator accident can happen to anyone in any building. However, you may have legal options for pursuing compensation if you suffered injuries or lost a close loved one.

Texas Elevator Accidents and Liability

Identifying Those Negligent for Your Harm or Loss

While convenient, elevators are also dangerous to work on or use if unsafe. Yet, businesses, hospitals, and multiple places use elevators daily.

Property owners owe patrons and visitors a duty of care. An elevator accident lawyer can determine if:

  • The property owner breached their duty of care.
  • You suffered damages or loss due to the breach.

For workers who install, repair, or maintain elevators, adequate fall protection is vital for their safety. Liability for an on-the-job fall may lie with the employer, the manufacturer of the safety equipment, or both.

Hiring a lawyer is imperative for protecting your best interests. In addition, referring calls about your case to your lawyer can provide you with much-needed peace of mind.

The traumatic experience of an elevator accident does not allow you to handle your case alone. Get help from an elevator accident lawyer in Dallas as soon as possible.

Fatal Elevator Accidents: Wrongful Death Damages

Losing a close loved one due to negligence is heartbreaking for families. The sudden and permanent loss profoundly affects your life.

In addition to funeral and burial costs, you may be entitled to such compensation as:

  • Final medical expenses: Costs relating to your loved one’s medical care following the accident.
  • Lost wages: If your loved one contributed financially to your household expenses, you may be eligible to fight for their lost wages and the loss of potential future earnings.
  • Loss of inheritance: The financial benefit of an inheritance for children of the decedent.
  • Loss of companionship: The loss of the relationship you had with your loved one.

Wrongful death cases involve economic and noneconomic damages. While the financial costs relating to medical bills are finite, the costs associated with loss of companionship are not.

At Crain Brogdon, LLP, we can determine how to calculate the overall impact of your loss. Once we build your case, we can firmly negotiate for a settlement or go to court. In either event, we will not stop until we secure the best outcome for you.

Why Choose Us?

Because We Care and We Fight for Victims of Negligence

Crain Brogdon, LLP, has served Dallas, Texas, and victims nationwide since 2001. Throughout the years, the firm has secured more than $355 million for clients. While it is impossible to predict the outcome of your case, this strong record demonstrates our commitment to securing the best results possible.

Quentin Brogdon has over 30 years of experience helping victims of negligence. He fights for accountability and justice as a personal injury and wrongful death lawyer.

Legal industry colleagues recognize his skills and knowledge. Peer voting elected him to leadership roles on various boards and associations. Quentin Brogdon has served in multiple membership organizations’ state and national leadership roles throughout his career. His memberships and certifications include the following:

  • Board certification in both personal injury law and civil trial advocacy
  • President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • President of Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
  • President of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.

These are just a few examples of Quentin’s accomplishments. He is most proud of his ability to treat clients with care while aggressively fighting for what they deserve. Learn more about how Quentin may be able to help you by scheduling a free case consultation today.

How We Help

At Crain Brogdon, LLP, we help elevator accident victims by managing the details of their civil case. We investigate, interview, review, and examine what occurred and why. Then, we take the necessary steps toward possible justice upon identifying those liable for the accident.

Insurance companies tend to settle cases out of court rather than face us at trial. With each case, we prepare for a possible trial. Our litigation experience gives us the skills to present your case before a judge and jury.

Having someone by your side is vital for your peace of mind. Aggressive insurance adjusters are too skilled at what they do to manage alone.

An initial settlement offer may seem like the solution to your financial stress. However, initial offers are generally low-sum amounts aimed at closing your claim quickly – and for the least amount of money possible.

Insurance companies want to protect their bottom line. To do so, they often make quick offers to accident victims to save money. Unfortunately, their offer now is likely insufficient to protect what you may need later.

Fighting for what you deserve with help from a Dallas elevator accident lawyer is crucial for your future. Your life may never be the same, and that fact alone demands justice.

No one wants numerous phone calls, mountains of paperwork, or visits from aggressive insurance adjusters. If you suffered severe injuries in a Dallas elevator accident, let us manage your civil claim or lawsuit.

An elevator accident due to negligence demands accountability. Seek help from a Dallas elevator accident attorney as soon as possible.

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Elevator Accident FAQs

A Dallas elevator accident attorney answers frequently asked questions:

Why the Urgency in Contacting an Elevator Accident Attorney?

You must file your elevator accident lawsuit within the state statute of limitations. For example, Texas law allows two years for personal injury and wrongful death. If the deadline passes without filing your case, you are generally out of legal options.

Can I Accept a Settlement Now and File an Additional Claim Later?

No. Accepting an insurance settlement means you cannot pursue an additional claim later. This is problematic if your medical condition worsens due to your injuries. Protect your best interests by hiring a Dallas elevator accident lawyer today.

What Types of Damages Are Common in an Elevator Accident Case?

Elevator accident victims face a long recovery with high medical costs and lost wages. In addition, those who lose a close loved one have unexpected funeral and burial costs. A Dallas elevator accident attorney can review your damages and build a case for compensation.

How Can I Help My Lawyer with My Elevator Accident Case?

You can help your elevator accident lawyer by providing as much information as possible regarding your accident. The time, date, place, witness information, any pictures, and medical records are valuable forms of evidence.

My Friends and Family Want to Know About My Elevator Accident. What Can I Share?

It is best not to share any information concerning your elevator accident. Refrain from posting details and pictures on social media. Protecting the integrity of your case is vital for the best outcome possible.

Elevator accidents are typically preventable with proper safety measures and preventative maintenance. However, if you suffered life-changing harm or lost a close loved one, schedule a free case consultation with Crain Brogdon, LLP, to get the answers to your legal questions.

Contact Crain Brogdon, LLP, Today

Elevators are something most of us use at some point in our travels. From hotels to doctor visits, taking an elevator saves us time and steps.

A malfunctioning elevator or an unsafe work environment can forever change your life. Severe injuries can prevent you from enjoying the same quality of life you enjoyed before the accident.

A Dallas elevator injury lawyer understands the mental, physical, and financial anguish victims feel following such a frightening event. When victims learn their harm was due to negligence, they feel angry and overwhelmed.

Quentin Brogdon helps accident victims during one of the most challenging times of their lives. He is compassionate and caring and always willing to listen. He applies his knowledge, skills, and experience to help you and your case through the civil process.

No one should experience severe injuries or lose a loved one due to negligence. However, if you suffered harm or are grieving the untimely loss of a loved one due to an elevator accident, help is available.

Contact Crain Brogdon, LLP, today to start your path toward accountability for your injuries or loss. You can reach us at (214) 522-9404 today.


Attorney Robert D. Crain

Robert D. Crain is a nationally renowned personal injury attorney who has been included in lists such as U.S. News’ Best Lawyers in America. Additional publications often include Rob on their “Best Lawyers” lists, including Texas Monthly and D Magazine. As a testament to his excellence, he is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. [ Attorney Bio ]

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