What happens when you get injured on an elevator?
We hope you never have to ask that question because you yourself have been injured on an elevator, but that is exactly what happened to a nurse recently at a Fort Worth hospital. Carren Stratford, who works at John Peter Smith Hospital, was critically injured in January when she got trapped by an elevator as it went up. She was crush as a result.
The hospital fired ThyssenKrupp (TKE), the company contracted to maintain their elevators, after the incident. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we are here when you need a premises liability attorney. We know you need compensation for your injuries, so let us get to work.
What Happened Here
Following the incident that injured their nurse, the hospital hired an outside consultant to survey the work ThyssenKrupp had been doing. The consultant found that TKE was not performing up to a high level when it came to the job they were contracted to do. Debris and oil were found at the bottom of elevator shafts, there were discolored ropes, and some electrical equipment was missing covers.
In fact, the consultant had recommended that the elevator that caused the injuries be updated two years before the incident took place.
Why had the recommendations not been heeded?
We do not know the status of the nurse who was injured, but we do know that she should receive full compensation for her expenses. She was not to blame for this. This is a premises liability personal injury case in which an elevator company failed in their duties.
What Is Premises Liability?
Each year, thousands of people around the country get hurt while on another person’s property because the property owner failed to maintain safe conditions for patrons. This can include a wide variety of things. The most common premises liability cases revolve around slip and fall incidents. Wet floors, bad carpeting, loose floorboards, and more all contribute to slip and fall injuries. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, over one million slip and fall incidents lead to emergency room visits a year.
Other hazards that can be present on another person’s property include:
- Shelving and displays that are not well-maintained.
- Stairs that are broken or wobbly.
- Pools that are not secured so that children cannot get into them.
- Misuse of chemicals.
- Parking lots that are not paved well or in ill-repair.
Always speak with an attorney when determining the best path forward in your case.
How We Can Help
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person or company, you may need to seek legal compensation to get full compensation. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, our knowledgeable and experienced team will work tirelessly to ensure that you get coverage for:
- Your medical bills
- Lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages