When entering a place of business or other building that is open to the public, members of the public have certain expectations. These reasonable expectations include that a building and its premises will be safe and free of potential hazards. Business owners or owners of buildings who fail to ensure both the inside and outside of a premise is safe and secure may become the subject of a premises liability lawsuit.
A woman who was injured while attempting to use an elevator recently filed a lawsuit after the elevator's doors malfunctioned. According to the lawsuit, upon attempting to enter the elevator, the elevator malfunctioned causing its doors to close and crush the woman's body. The woman suffered painful injuries for which she was required to seek medical treatment.
The woman recently filed a lawsuit in which she named the owners of the building where the elevator is located as well as the elevator's manufacturer and insurance company as defendants. The defendants are accused of failing to properly maintain and inspect the elevator to ensure it was in proper working order.
As a result of the defendants' alleged negligence, the woman suffered painful physical injuries as well as mental anguish. Additionally, she incurred medical expenses and was forced to take time off of work.
New Hampshire residents who have been injured while on the premise of a business or building that is open to the public may choose to take legal action. In many cases, accidents involving slip and falls, falling objects, dog bites or elevators are preventable and result from the negligence of others. Individuals adversely impacted by these types of accidents may choose to sue to recover damages related to injuries, medical expenses and lost wages.
Source: The Louisiana Record, "Elevator door slams shut on woman, results in lawsuit," Eliza Walker, Dec. 30, 2013