Three people in Towson, Maryland sustained personal injuries in an accident involving an elevator in the Baltimore Circuit Court building falling nearly two feet between the first and ground floors.
Firefighters successfully managed to pry the elevator’s doors open in order to rescue the passengers inside. One male passenger received transport to Sinai Hospital as a precautionary measure. Two boys received minor personal injuries. All three of the victims were at the courthouse to attend a wedding.
According to the Maryland Labor and Industry Commission, the elevator was last inspected by the state in January of 2007 and only minor issues were discovered. Otis Elevator, the elevator’s maintenance company, last inspected the elevator in July of 2007.
Common Elevator Accidents:
- Accelerating or decelerating suddenly.
- Stopping suddenly.
- Failure to stop at a height where the bottom of the elevator and the floor are level.
- Elevator falling.
- Getting struck by or trapped within the elevator doors.
Examples of Personal Injuries Caused By Elevators:
- Cuts and scrapes.
- Lacerated nerves.
- Bone fractures.
Property owners who have elevators on their premises have an obligation to ensure that the elevator is maintained and functioning properly. If they don’t, they can be found liable for personal injuries or wrongful deaths sustained by passengers.