How Many People Are Injured in Elevator Accidents Each Year?

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 10:29am by

Tragically, each year about 26 people die in elevator accidents across the United States. Defective elevators and escalators can improperly stop or close on an individual, causing entrapment or terrible falls. Atlantic City and its resorts, hotels and casinos see elevator accidents more frequently than other parts of the country due to the sheer amount of tourism in the area.

Building owners have a duty to make sure that their elevators and escalators are functioning correctly; this includes doing proper maintenance, as longstanding defects and improper upkeep can lead to devastating accidents.

One of our clients recently suffered a fractured leg at an Atlantic City resort. The Texas woman was injured when the doors of an elevator closed unexpectedly on her. We have handled numerous cases involving individuals injured in elevator and escalator accidents. Many people injured at casinos or hotels are not necessarily tourists or patrons—employees and workers can also greatly suffer because of these mishaps.

A study released by the Center for Construction Research and Training indicated that 49 percent of the deaths in elevator accidents involving workers resulted from lack of protections, including guardrails in front of open shafts and personal fall protection systems.

What Should I Do If I Am Injured in an Elevator or Escalator Accident?

We are not afraid to take on the casinos and businesses whose negligence causes injuries in our area. In one case, we secured a $1 million settlement on behalf of a victim after an Atlantic City casino’s negligence contributed to a catastrophic car accident.

We serve clients nationwide, many of whom were visiting the Atlantic City area when their accidents occurred. We have two attorneys on staff, and we have medical consultants and investigators on call when a case demands it. For more information, contact us today.

Donald G. Targan & Associates – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys

Did you know? From 1992 to 2003, there were 84 elevator deaths linked directly to falls in the U.S.



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