Given the number of web pages dedicated to interpreting them, dreams about being inside a falling elevator are not uncommon. For most people, such a dream would certainly fall inside the definition of a “nightmare.” For an unfortunate few, however, these nightmarish events are no dream; they are all too real. When they happen, they have the potential to inflict a variety of injuries. Even if you suffer no physical damage, you may still be left with severe and lasting emotional scars from your elevator accident. If that happens to you, be sure to contact a knowledgeable Louisiana injury attorney about your accident.
When you think about an elevator accident, the first images that leap to mind may be of an elevator stuck between floors or an elevator car that suddenly plummets several floors. While these types of scenarios can, and do, cause serious injuries, they are not the only kind of elevator incidents that can lead to injuries for which you may be entitled to compensation. If you’ve been hurt in an elevator accident, even if there was no malfunction of the elevator car’s movement at all, you should consult a knowledgeable Louisiana injury attorney about your options.
A very recent lawsuit filing from out of state, reported upon by the Penn Record, is an example of this type of accident. A.T. was a hospital worker whose duties included, among other things, moving a food cart from place to place. One day, as A.T. was trying to move the cart into or out of the elevator, the cart allegedly got stuck in the gap between the elevator car and the basement floor. When cart got stuck, the unexpected and sudden stoppage caused the worker to suffer substantial injuries, including physical pain and suffering, as well as mental anguish, according to A.T.
While you may not necessarily realize it, any elevator accident has the potential to be massively harmful. A fall of just a few floors can be extremely dangerous and damaging, especially if your accident involves an elevator stopped by an impact with the ground. The sudden stop can exert a profound jolt on your body. This can cause serious damage to feet, ankles, legs, knees, hips and your back. These injuries can include both broken bones and soft tissue damage. Regardless of how far you fell, you should take timely action to protect your rights and your ability to recover compensation for the harm you suffered. Reach out to put an experienced New Orleans injury attorney on your side.
One recent elevator accident case originated in the state’s capital. G.T. worked for the state’s Department of Health and Hospitals at the Bienville Building in downtown Baton Rouge. One day in early 2011, G.T. left his eighth-floor office at the end of the work day and took the elevator down, as usual. The trip was far from typical, however. As the elevator reached the third floor, it fell suddenly, plummeting all the way to the ground floor. The powerful impact caused G.T. to suffer serious injuries to his spine, hip and both knees. The injury forced the worker to undergo a bilateral knee arthroscopy. He also eventually needed multiple lumbar fusion surgeries to address his spinal injuries.
If you are injured in an elevator accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the harm you suffered. The correct avenue for seeking that compensation may vary based upon the facts of your case. In G.T.’s situation, because the elevator accident that injured him occurred in the office building in which he worked, he was able to pursue, and obtain, compensation in the form of workers’ compensation benefits.
A recent report of an elevator accident and the lawsuit it triggered is a reminder that elevator accidents can be seriously harmful events for those involved, and they can lead to a wide array of harms suffered by that person (or people). When those injuries are results of an improperly maintained elevator (or some other form of negligence by the owner), those injured may have a case for compensation. If you’ve been hurt in an elevator accident, be sure to contact a skilled New Orleans elevator accident attorney right away to discuss your options.
The recent report, published in the Louisiana Record, detailed the elevator accident of a woman named Nekita. Nekita was riding in a parking facility elevator in Downtown New Orleans when the elevator allegedly malfunctioned. According to the woman’s lawsuit, the elevator car began to shake and to move up and down in an abnormal fashion. During the entire period of malfunctioning, Nekita was trapped in the elevator car and unable to leave, according to her lawsuit.
WDSU TV reported this summer on the untimely death of an office worker in New Orleans. The man died after the elevator carrying him stalled between floors, and, after a long delay, he attempted unsuccessfully to jump down to the next floor below. The tragic ending is a reminder that elevator accidents can potentially have dire consequences. When an elevator accident causes you to suffer harm, you need to act swiftly and retain a skilled Louisiana elevator accident attorney to get to work for you.
The WDSU report indicated that, according to employees who worked there, the elevators at the Executive Plaza had issues frequently. One worker stated that the “elevators go out every day. The fire alarm goes off and the air condition(ing) goes out and people are always getting stuck.”
As a construction worker, you understand that there are certain dangers that come with your job. One risk that you probably don’t expect, though, is being involved in an elevator accident because the elevator malfunctions and crashes. However, that is exactly what happened to several workers working on a condominium construction project in the Central Business District of New Orleans this summer. The accident injured five and is a reminder that, as with almost anything else, elevators fail sometimes, and, when they do, people can get hurt. When that happens, it pays to have skilled Louisiana elevator accident counsel on your side.
On a promotional web page, The Standard condominium in the Central Business District is billed as boasting “a visionary’s passion for thoughtful, future-facing design.” The property is scheduled to open in the spring of 2018. In the summer of 2017, though, that design was still under construction. WWL TV reported that, on July 28th, workers next door to the project heard what they described as the sound of an elevator’s emergency braking system giving way, and then they heard the sound of the elevator crashing down seven stories to the ground.
Excluding those who have a phobia about elevators, the chances are that most of the rest of us engage in the act of entering, riding in, and departing an elevator without giving it a second thought. Some people may be able to go through life without ever encountering a malfunctioning elevator. With multiple instances of elevator-related injuries occurring in the New Orleans area recently, though, it is clear that not everyone will be so fortunate. If you are injured in an elevator accident, it is important to act promptly and seek counsel from an experienced Louisiana premises liability attorney who can help you protect your interests.
One of the recent headline-making accidents was particularly unfortunate because it involved teens doing missionary work. The teens were here on behalf of their Presbyterian church located in Wahoo, Neb. and were at the home of their host family this past July when the home’s elevator crashed from the third floor all the way to the ground. All four teens suffered either leg or ankle fractures, KETV reported.