Can You File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Following an Elevator Accident?

Elevator accidents aren’t very common. But they still happen, leaving about 30 dead and 17,000 seriously injured every year.

Nevada law holds elevator manufacturers and building owners responsible for ensuring the safety of elevator systems. And the failure to do so makes them liable for the damages incurred. While nothing can make up for a lost life, if you have lost a friend or a loved one in an elevator accident, you may find some relief in knowing that you can file a lawsuit and liability claim.

Conditions for Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Following an Elevator Accident

You can file a wrongful death claim for an elevator accident when it is caused by improper installation, poor maintenance, or faulty features. In other words, when an elevator accident occurs due to someone else’s gross negligence or fault, you have the right to file a liability claim and seek compensation for your damages.

Who is at Fault in Elevator Accidents?

It can be a little difficult to determine fault in elevator accidents (which is why you need a lawyer). But you can nominate one or more parties in your wrongful death liability claim, depending on what caused the accident. For example, if it was a manufacturing fault, you can sue the elevator company as well as the property owner and maintenance staff for installing a faulty product as well as for the maintenance professionals’ failure to identify the defects. But if it was just a case of lack of maintenance, you may only hold the building owner/management accountable for the accident.

Potential defendants in elevator accidents in Nevada can include:

  • Manufacturing companies
  • Engineers
  • Third-party sellers (of the elevator or its parts)
  • Property owners and/or managers
  • Tenants
  • Maintenance staff or company

You may also include product liability, premises liability, and negligence per se charges in your wrongful death claim, depending on the nature and cause of the accident.

Hire an Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney in Nevada to File a Lawsuit After an Elevator Accident

Losing a loved one is difficult. Moreover, determining who to file a lawsuit against when this happens in an elevator accident can be tricky. Your claims can be denied if you do not nominate the right person or entity. And this is why you need a lawyer by your side.

A wrongful death lawyer can help you find who was at fault in the accident, collect evidence, and ensure you’re fairly compensated for your loss from the responsible person/entity.  

We at The Bourassa Law Group have a team of experienced wrongful death lawyers in Nevada to help you deal with the legalities following a loved one’s death in an accident. Dial 1-800-870-8910 today for a free Nevada elevator accident case evaluation.

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