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For many of us, elevators are a staple of everyday life. We utilize them so often, we don’t even think twice about it. They are in our schools, offices, apartment buildings, and more. Unfortunately, if not properly maintained, elevators can become incredibly dangerous. Elevator accidents can result in life-altering injuries. Read on to learn more about elevator accidents in Pennsylvania and what to do in the event that an accident occurs.

What are the Most Common Causes of Elevator Accidents?

Usually, elevator accidents are due to premises liability, meaning that the individual responsible for the property did not keep the elevator properly maintained, thus causing an avoidable accident. Other times, accidents are caused by faulty parts or product malfunctions. Elevator accidents can be caused by any number of factors, including, though certainly not limited to:

  • Faulty wiring
  • Abrupt stops
  • Pully system malfunction
  • Power failures
  • Failing to keep equipment up-to-date
  • Door operator errors
  • Mechanical breakdown
  • Control system malfunction
  • Drive malfunction
  • Improper installations
  • Faulty wiring
  • Negligent design

What are the Most Commonly Sustained Injuries in Elevator Accidents?

Some of the injuries sustained in elevator accidents that have recovered financial compensation in the past include:

  • Back injuries
  • Head trauma
  • Severed limbs
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Crush injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Wrongful death

What Do I Do After an Accident Occurs?

If you are involved in an elevator accident, it is important to take the following steps:

  1. Call 911: The police can call an ambulance, file an accident report, and more.
  2. Document the scene: It is important to take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Make sure to document the hazardous conditons that caused your accident to occur.
  3. Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw your accident occur, be sure to ask for their contact information as they may be able to corroborate your version of events.
  4. Seek medical attention: One of the most important things you can do is go to the hospital immediately after the accident. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
  5. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney: An attorney may be able to obtain further evidence, including security camera footage and police reports.


We understand that going through the legal system alone can be both confusing and highly stressful. That is why it is our job to help you through every step of the process ahead. For years, we have been helping clients throughout Lancaster County and its surrounding areas through a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury cases, criminal defense matters, family law issues, estate planning law matters, and more. If you need legal assistance, we are here to help. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.