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Do elevators ever fail?

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2022 | Catastrophic Injuries |

Do you ever get on an elevator and wonder exactly how well it’s going to work? Maybe you envision it falling in the elevator shaft or coming to a stop and sitting between floors so that you can’t get out.

You’ve probably seen this on TV shows and movies, but how often does it happen in real life? What are the odds that you could be injured or even killed in an elevator accident?

There are 2 deaths every month

These types of accidents do happen. For instance, there was a man who was stepping off of the elevator and onto the nearest floor when the elevator fell, and he was struck by the lift on the way down. Many accidents also involve those who are working on elevators and who are exposed to a higher level of risk.

The overall statistics show that there are approximately 27 fatal elevator accidents every single year. That is slightly more than two per month, on average. Injuries are far more likely than fatalities, with roughly 10,000 injuries every year. Some may be minor, but people could also suffer very severe and life-changing injuries in a serious accident.

What if you’ve been injured?

Many people use elevators every single day as they go to work, and they likely don’t really think about the danger that much after a while. But these accidents do still happen. Those who have been injured or who have lost a loved one need to know about all of the legal options at their disposal.