Elevator accidents are unfortunately very common in Washington State. Elevators have to installed properly to begin with and then they need to be maintained and inspected regularly according to state laws. Landlords and building owners cannot breach this duty or avoid the responsibility that comes with this duty.
Many times building owners tend to let elevators fall into disrepair. The most common form of elevator accidents comes from either the elevator doors not working properly, often resulting in crushing injuries to a person on the elevator, or a complete mechanical failure and breakdown, which causes the elevator to drop suddenly.
There may also just be a design of the elevator that was not done properly at the outset when the elevator was installed. Other reasons include wiring that was not done right or a pulley system malfunction.Washington State Elevator Accident Laws
Washington State has many laws that apply to elevator accidents. RCW 70.87.060(2) states in relevant part with regard to owners and elevators: “The owner or his or her duly appointed agent shall be responsible for the safe operation and proper maintenance of the conveyance after the department has issued the operating permit and also during the period of effectiveness of any limited operating permit in accordance with RCW 70.87.090.
The owner shall be responsible for all periodic tests required by the department.” As the law makes clear, the owner has to allow the elevator to be inspected by the State of Washington periodically to be sure the elevator is in fact safe and to make sure the elevator is passing the tests the state puts the elevator through. If the tests do not occur, or if the elevator’s safety does not pass the test, then the elevator is not safe for operation and should not be ridden on.
The Washington Administrative Code also clearly explains the law in Washington State for elevator safety. The purpose of WAC 296-96-00500 is to provide for the safe design, installation, mechanical and electrical operation, maintenance, examinations, safety tests and inspection of conveyances, and the performance of conveyance work. It is important that tests are done at least annually on the safety and soundness of the elevator.
Of course, things fall through the cracks at times and sometimes not every elevator is inspected. An experienced attorney can do the proper discovery to figure out whether the proper tests were done and when they were done. If you’re injured on an elevator, you may have a claim against the elevator company or the owner of the building in which the elevator resides.Common Premise Liability Injuries
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone’s property, then you may have suffered one of the following injuries:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back injuries
- Butt or tailbone injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Injuries of this serious of a nature rarely just heal on their own. Rather, they require medical attention to address them. Medical specialists such as osteopaths, physiatrists, and chiropractors can help you get back to the path to health after suffering a serious injury on someone else’s property.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
If you have been injured on someone’s property or at their business, you may have a claim against them to recoup compensation for your injuries. The Jackman Law Firm has the expertise to effectively represent you with the insurance company, in arbitration and if necessary in court to secure your rights for compensation and relief. After your injury, you are understandably upset and likely unsure of your options and which way to with your case. You are likely receiving a lot of phone calls from insurance companies, you’re going to the doctor or the chiropractor, and you may be missing work.
If this is the case, do not go through this process alone. We can help you every step of the way. We can work with the insurance companies so they do not contact you. We can help you secure all of the compensation you are owed for your injury under Washington State Law. The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover the following:
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for lost wages
- Money for out of pocket expenses
- Money for medical bills
We have the resources, experience, and successful track record to win your case. There may be instances when you find yourself having to defend yourself from untrue accusations from the insurance company for the party that injured you. They may claim that you are somehow either entirely at fault or partly at fault for your injuries.
For instance, if you suffered a spinal cord injury because of a slip and fall at a business’ parking lot, the insurance company for the business may argue that you should have watched where you were going. If this is the case, the Jackman Law Firm can help you by sending a subpoena for documents from the company, interviewing key witnesses, and speaking to the police to see if we can do everything possible to prove your case in your favor. Feel free to call for a free consultation.