Chicago Elevator Accident Attorneys

Obtaining Maximum Compensation For Victims

United States elevators make 18 billion passenger trips every year. When we enter elevators, we trust they will work safely, but when elevator accidents occur, they can be lethal. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that, on average, elevators kill five people and injure 940 each year nationwide.

Whether the elevator accident you were involved in was the fault of the property owner, a parts manufacturer or the maintenance company that maintained the elevator or escalator, Latherow & Duignan can pursue the compensation you need to recover from your injuries or file a wrongful death lawsuit if a loved one has died. Mr. Latherow and Ms. Duignan are dedicated to securing justice for individuals who were injured and families who lost loved ones because of another party’s negligence.

Causes of Elevator Accidents

We Are Here To Protect You

Elevators in the United States make an estimated 18 billion passenger trips per year, but there are only a handful of inspectors to perform annual checkups for the nearly 26,000 elevators in the Chicagoland area. If you sustained injuries in an elevator accident anywhere in Illinois, Mr. Latherow and Ms. Duignan can investigate to determine whether the property owner, manufacturer or maintenance company was at fault.

The Chicago-based Latherow & Duignan handles elevator accidents such as those involving:

  • Communication failure
  • Defective governors, safety devices or interlock circuits
  • Door malfunctions
  • Electrical and circuit failures
  • Electrocution
  • Elevator car or door entrapment
  • Failure of emergency communication systems
  • Failure to maintain hoist cables
  • Interlock circuit bypass
  • Misleveling
  • Slip and falls from wet surfaces
  • Sudden acceleration or deceleration
  • Sudden stopping between floors