A major cause of child elevator deaths or injuries is excessive space between residential elevator doors. This excessive space enables a small child to enter and perhaps become trapped between the inner and outer doors of a home elevator, and then severely injured or even killed when the elevator starts to move.
The minimal safety standards set by the home elevator industry have failed children for many years, maiming and killing many of them.
ASME, or the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, initially set a safety standard for the space between home elevator doors in 1955, constricting the space between the two doors to four inches.
However, that safety standard was relaxed 26 years later when the industry allowed a five-inch gap between the elevators’ inner door and outer “swing” door.
Several factors have contributed to making this gap problem even worse. One is that the elevator industry, for all the safety features it’s added such as infrared lights to identify trapped children and stop motion, has not shown diligence in ensuring that those who install elevators are properly trained to do so.
Thus, some elevators are installed in a way that leaves even more of a gap between the elevator doors.
Also, in the mid-’90s manufacturers started using cheap wood or vinyl for the inner accordion doors of elevators, which meant that even bigger gaps were produced by the flexible doors riddled with V shapes.
Finally, cities in the United States do not as a rule inspect residential elevators as they would public elevators, allowing even more chances for elevators to be installed improperly or not to meet proper safety standards.
As a result of these safety failures, many child entrapment injuries and deaths have occurred over the years — and still occur, since reforms have not yet been implemented despite the horrific record of these defective devices.
It’s believed that dozens of children have been maimed or killed by swing door elevators or residential elevators over the years. Many of these injuries and deaths have been followed by home elevator lawsuits against the manufacturers.
The Willis Law Firm has decades of experience helping injured Americans get the payments to which they are legally entitled after an injury accident such as child entrapment in a home elevator.
All you need to do is contact us, and we’ll quickly offer you a free legal evaluation of your home elevator injury case. You could be due substantial payments for your family’s losses, including money for your medical and healthcare costs, lost present to future wages, pain, suffering and mental anguish, all stemming from a home elevator accident.
Contact us today for your free case review, and let’s assess your prospects for a successful home elevator injury lawsuit. If you elect to engage our law firm, we’ll provide you with an experience elevator lawsuit attorney for your case, and we won’t charge you any up-front legal fees. Instead, we’ll only be paid if we win your case, and then only a pre-agreed part of the settlement you gain, and not money from your own pockets.
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