Residential elevators injuries and fatalities inflicted on innocent children can be some of the most horrifying accidents to happen. Yet these devastating deaths and severe injuries have occurred repeatedly across the United States due to defective design, manufacture and installation of such elevators.
One such incident happened in Georgia in 2010, when Jacob Helvey, 3, opened the door of a so-called swing door elevator on the first floor of his family’s home, where the elevator had been installed at a cost of $20,000 to help a grandmother get up and down floors.
Jacob became trapped between the outer swing door and the inner door of the elevator, as he was pressed against the elevator car. When his mother upstairs summoned the elevator, his body was dragged upward and crushed.
His parents and neighbors made frantic efforts to pry Jacob loose until emergency rescuers arrived, but by then he’s almost suffocated. Jacob is now 6 years old, quadriplegic (paralyzed in all limbs), unable to talk and profoundly brain damaged.
Another horrifying elevator injury to a child occurred in 2014 when Jordan Nelson, 10, of Baltimore, MD became trapped by a moving Elmira Hydraulic residential elevator made by Cambridge Elevating of Canada and selling for as much as $25,000.
Nelson had to be freed by means of the jaws of life. He suffered catastrophic brain injuries and quadriplegia and must have full-time care.
While no lawsuit and no amount of money can bring back a deceased child or erase life-changing injuries, keep in mind that such elevator injuries to children rob them of a lifetime of work, play and other experiences and also cost the child’s family an enormous amount of money for continual health care.
Those are two reasons why elevator injury lawsuits are vital after a child is hurt or killed by a defective residential elevator. Another reason is to compel the manufacturers and installers of residential elevators to delivery far safer devices to homes and the commercial businesses which also sometimes acquire them.
If your family suffered a devastating loss when a child was maimed or killed by a defective residential elevator, notify the William Law Firm immediately. We can provide skilled, experienced and knowledgeable defective product lawyers or injury attorneys to fight for your legal rights to economic compensation.
Such compensation can include payments for a child’s many ongoing medical and healthcare bills, along with payments for pain, suffering, mental anguish, loss of future income and other costs of the horrible accident.
And you won’t have to pay anything out of pocket for this legal help. Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means we aren’t paid at all until or unless we win your case for you, and even then only a portion of the settlement in your favor. You’ll never have to pay us out of your own pocket.
Plus, we’ll provide you with a free legal review of your case as soon as we can when you contact us.
Elevator injuries to children are devastating enough without the added devastation of paying enormous costs for an injury which wasn’t the family’s fault. Negligent makers, sellers or installers of such elevators must be held accountable in the legal realm.