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Common types of elevator accidents

If you work in a building with an elevator, there’s a good chance you use it regularly. While this is the most efficient way to get from one floor to the next, it also puts you at risk of an accident.

There are many types of elevator accidents, with these among the most common:

  • Free falling: If an elevator malfunctions while in use, it could result in a quick fall to ground level. Not only can this cause physical injury, but it’s also likely to leave emotional scars.
  • Jerking to a stop: You expect an elevator to operate smoothly, but this doesn’t always happen. If an elevator jerks to a stop, you could end up on the ground with serious injuries.
  • Stuck for an extended period of time: It’s difficult to imagine how challenging it would be to spend an extended period in an elevator. This is even worse for people who are claustrophobic. It can result in emotional injuries.
  • Fall upon exiting an elevator: For example, if the elevator doesn’t stop flush with the floor, it creates a trip hazard. Subsequently, you could fall when exiting it.

If you’re injured in an elevator accident at your place of employment, report the incident to your employer and seek immediate medical care. Also, make sure the building owner is aware of what happened.

Depending on your injuries, you may find it impossible to immediately return to work. This should lead you to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. They can help you remain financially stable until you are able to return to work.


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