While lifts are undoubtedly convenient, there are a few risks associated with their use. Some of these risks are due to the users’ failure to heed safety precautions while using the lift, others are because of a fault with the lift itself. If you’re injured in a lift accident that was not due to your fault, you may have grounds to pursue a lift accident claim for compensation.
Common Lift-Related Accidents
Fortunately, most lifts are well maintained and safe to use. Lift related accidents are few and far between but when they happen, they can be very serious.
A lift accident could happen in such scenarios as:
- The lift fails to stop at the right place. It stops above or below the floor level, resulting in you falling while entering or exiting.
- The lift stops between floors leaving you trapped mid floor.
- There are obstacles and loose cables lying strewn around the entrance to the lift.
- The carpeting is torn or the floor tiles are loose.
- Slipped on a wet floor in the lift that had just been cleaned.
- The lift comes to a sudden stop throwing you forcefully against one of its walls.
- The lift falls down the lift shaft.
All of the above accidents can be directly attributed to either faulty manufacturing or lack of maintenance, both of which are considered as negligence. If you were injured in a lift accident, you may have a right to file a lift accident claim against the negligent party.
What You Should Do After A No-Fault Lift Accident
It is difficult to stay calm and focused when you’re seriously injured in any accident. However, it is most important that you try and stay calm and take stock of what to do next. When you panic, you are more likely to overlook some important step that could cost you the right to claim compensation for your injuries.
The very first thing to do is to assess your injuries. If you’re seriously injured in a lift accident, an ambulance should be called immediately. Even if you think your injuries are not serious enough to warrant calling an ambulance, you should still go to the hospital and get a thorough medical checkup at the earliest. This serves two purposes – it rules out the possibility of internal injuries, and the medical examination will act as an expert’s testimony to support your lift accident compensation claim.
Use your phone camera if you can to get photographs showing any evidence of what may have caused the accident. Get photographs of your injuries and of the area surrounding the accident site. Photographs act as a strong evidence supporting your claim.
Were there any people around when the accident happened? Ask for their names and contact details so you can get in touch with them if you need witness statements to support your lift accident claim.
File a complaint with the lift operator or the person in charge of that building. Write down details of the accident in an accident book if there is one available and get a signed copy for yourself.
Get in touch with a personal injury solicitor to determine your right to claim compensation.
Making A Lift Accident Claim
Personal injury solicitors understand that not all lift accident victims can afford to pay their fees upfront. To make it easier for injured individuals to pursue a lift accident claim for compensation, most personal injury solicitors waive upfront fees. Instead, they agree to represent lift accident victims using a No Win No Fee agreement.
Most personal injury solicitors today offer a free consultation to potential claimants where the merits of your claim will be assessed based on what you’ve told them about the accident and on the evidence you’ve gathered. If you have a strong lift accident claim, in most situations the solicitor will offer to represent you based on a No Win No Fee agreement.
Due to how No Win No Fee agreements work, the solicitor/law firm will fund all the legal costs related to your claim. If your lift claim is not successful and you are not awarded compensation, you are not liable to pay any legal fees. You would only pay a fee if your lift accident claim is successful and when you are awarded compensation. The amount you have to pay as legal fees depends on the how much compensation you are awarded as it is calculated as a percentage. Please be sure however that you understand clearly how the agreement works and how much you will have to pay as details may differ. Don’t be worried about asking too many questions if needs be.
Signing a No Win No Fee agreement with a personal injury solicitor is the preferred way to proceed with an accident claim. It ensures that you are getting expert legal advice and representation without having to pay any upfront fees. This means you will never be out of pocket at any time. You get all of the benefits without having to take any of the risks involved.
If you think you have a lift accident claim for compensation then please contact us today for a free consultation with a personal injury solicitor.