Elevator Accident Turns Into Mad Money

Attorney Daniel VillalobosAuthor: Attorney Daniel Villalobos

Elevator Door Closes On Client’s Head

Our client, a near retired gentleman from Cuba, worked for a cleaning company in an office building near downtown Miami. One day as he was in the elevator, suddenly and without warning, the door closed on his head and shoulders pinning him between the two elevator doors. Fortunately the doors did not compress his body enough to cut off circulation, air, or fracture any bones, however, our client was trapped like a rabbit between the two doors. His wife, who also worked for the cleaning company could not pry the doors open. She called fire rescue who came and had to use the jaws of life to break open the door and free our client. Dazed and confused, our client called the Miami Defective Product Attorneys Dell & Schaefer. Our firm quickly took the case and began the process of zealously representing our client’s interests.

Our Client Undergoes Treatment

Our client immediately felt pain in his chest, shoulders, neck, back, and head. He began a course of physical therapy with a local chiropractor. The chiropractor diagnosed our client with a contusion to the chest, shoulders, neck and back. The MRI showed multi-level herniations up and down his spine. The orthopedic surgeon recommended and administered several injections for pain.

Insurance Company Denies Claim

After the treatment ended, our firm filed a bodily demand with the insurance company. The insurance company originally denied the claim, arguing that they were not liable for the defective elevator for which they had no prior knowledge of any defects. Normally that would be a great defense against a law firm that rolls over and is not up for the fight. But not our firm. We quickly discovered and took possession of records that showed several work orders placed with the management company to repair the damaged elevator. In addition, our firm took witness statements from several tenants of the building who all testified that the elevator had been broken for many months, perhaps even more than a year, and the landlord never repaired it. Once the insurance company saw the scope of our investigation, they immediately reconsidered their denial letter and paid our client a large sum of money. We can’t tell you how much our client received due to a confidentiality clause, but we can tell you he is on a nice extended vacation!

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