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Common Reasons for Elevator Injuries: Misleveling

The most common reason why a person might be injured while using an elevator is something called misleveling. Misleveling occurs when an elevator car is not aligned with the floor of the building. If the elevator car stops a little bit above or a little bit below the floor of the building, this is misleveling. You can learn more about misleveling, common injuries related to it, and what to do about it on this page.

Misleveling Injuries

There are many common injuries associated with misleveling. The most common are injuries that result from a person tripping into or out of the elevator. This could result in a fall that means broken bones, concussions, sprains, scrapes, and bruises for the victim.

Stepping on a misleveled surface can cause a person to lose their balance. In order to prevent these injuries and more, it is always important to watch your step when you are getting into or out of an elevator. Don’t run into or out of the elevator and make sure you look where you are going. By doing this, you can potentially avoid a misleveling related injury.

Reasons for Misleveling

Of course, misleveling should not occur in the first place. In most cases, brake issues are what cause misleveling. For example, if the brake linings are worn out, misleveling can be a result. Issues with the brake springs or the brake drum can also cause misleveling. Other common issues include moisture, temperature issues, voltage issues, and overcrowding of an elevator car.

In order to determine what caused the misleveling and, subsequently, who is to blame, you need to know what elevator control system was employed in the elevator that you used. You also need to know how that control system works and what issues it may have faced. Many elevator accident lawyers know how to determine what went wrong with the control system, or can find an expert who does.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim

If you face an injury due to misleveling, you probably have a good argument to file a personal injury lawsuit. But in order to get compensation, you will have to do a few things. First, you need to prove that your injuries exist and that they are a result of the misleveling issue. Then, you need to determine the cause of the misleveling in your situation. Finally, you need to figure out who is responsible for the issues that caused misleveling. The person who is responsible is liable for your injuries and will be the one that you seek compensation from.

Doing the three things mentioned above can be difficult for many people. This is why we suggest that you consult with an elevator accident lawyer throughout the process. A lawyer can answer your questions, help you build evidence, and make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve. If you would like to speak with one of our lawyers about your situation, contact our office today!