With all the tall buildings in and around San Bernardino County, most people at one time or another have ridden in an elevator; some do it every day in order to get to their job or to a doctor's appointment.
Elevator accidents do not happen frequently; however, the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are more than 10,000 people injured every year due to malfunctions or defects in the operation of the elevator - whether it is a door malfunction or the elevator car misaligning with the floor - mostly maintenance people. In addition, a repair person can plunge to his or her death after falling into an elevator shaft or getting caught between the elevator and the shaft wall.
The property owner is responsible for the proper functioning of elevators and the safety of their passengers and repair people. California Civil Code Section 2011 requires elevators or "common carriers to use the utmost care and diligence for their safe carriage."
If you are injured by a malfunctioning elevator, contact an experienced San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney because you may have a case against the building's owner for your injuries and medical expenses.