Children in danger around ‘swing door’ elevators

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

Tags: Florida

More than 20 vehicles, plus 6 trucks, involved in pileup crash

Shared liability is a crucial aspect to determining fault in many car accidents. Since a great number of motor vehicle accidents involve more than two vehicles, it can be difficult to definitively say who deserves what portion of blame for the wreck, especially when it comes to damages. This is where shared liability comes in. It divvies the liability among the parties involved — even the people who could objectively be considered the “victims” of the crash. They played a role in the crash after all, and thus, they share a portion of that liability (even though it may be a very small percentage).

It may seem like a confusing concept, but it is a very important one. Now, shared liability is often used in tractor trailer accidents, mainly because these big, heavy and powerful vehicles have a penchant for barreling through vehicles and on into other ones ahead of the initial crash scene.

Trucks, when involved in an accident, leave many people hurt and suffering; and nothing shows that more than a recent wreck in Canada that involved an astonishing number of vehicles — including many tractor trailers.

The pile-up crash saw six semi-trucks and roughly 20 other vehicles involved, leaving a scene of twisted metal and carnage. According to a report, 40 people were injured in the crash, and 13 people were injured enough that they need to be hospitalized. Shared liability will be crucial in determining who is at fault in this accident. Without it, how would anyone know which collision between which vehicles caused their injuries?

Source: CTV News, “Thirteen sent to hospital after six semi-trucks and over 20 vehicles crash,” Nov. 30, 2013

Tags: Truck Accidents

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