Have you heard of a “swing door” elevator? These mechanical lifts are common in older buildings, nursing homes and even in some homes now. Many people purchase them and have them installed so that their elderly parents can live with them and get around the house easily. At first glance, many Florida residents would think that these lifts are safe, reliable and effective means of moving around a home.
However, as you can probably guess, these lifts are not as safe as they may seem — and they pose significant threats to people when they do fail, especially children. In an incident in 2010, a young boy was pinned by the swing doors of the elevator. He survived the ordeal, but not without suffering severe harm. He suffered brain damage and is now a quadriplegic.
These swing door elevators are coming under increased scrutiny. A recent lawsuit that was sparked by a 2001 incident where a child lost his life due to a swing door elevator accident revealed the extent of the fatal consequences these lifts can inflict on families.
Roughly 34 kids were maimed or killed during a decade-long span by lifts made by the Otis Elevator company (the business responsible for the 2001 incident). This wasn’t for the whole country — this was just for a small section of New York and New Jersey.
These elevators pose a threat, and if people are injured due to the poor design or faulty nature of these defective products, a civil lawsuit can (and should) be filed.
Source: Modesto Bee, “‘Swing-door’ elevators blamed for child injuries,” Shawn Hubler, Dec. 18, 2013