It wasn’t long ago that we wrote about an elevator collapse at a home in New Orleans. Elevator collapses are not common, and in fact, most of them time when someone suffers injury in an elevator, it typically involves crush injuries from being trapped between floors and trying to climb out.
However, collapses do happen. One occurred on Friday, July 28 in New Orleans. This elevator was located at the site of a South Market District condominium building, according to authorities.
A spokeswoman for New Orleans EMS reported that paramedics were called at 3 p.m. after a report that an elevator fell several stories. Five people in the elevator were hospitalized. One was in guarded condition, while the others were stable. The extent of their injuries was not reported at the time of this writing.
Surviving an Elevator Collapse – How Likely Is It?
Even when something goes wrong in an elevator, it is rare to end up in free fall. Usually, safety measures kick in to brake the elevator in an emergency. Traction elevators (the ones you are likely most used to) have a speed sensing governor that can stop a collapse. They also have switches along the shaft to slow the elevator down. And every cable that holds a traction elevator up can hold the car on its own, meaning unless all of them snap, free fall is unlikely.
If an elevator does collapse, your likelihood of survival depends on a few things. How many safety features activated on the way down? How many floors did you fall? And is there anything at the bottom of the shaft that might be dangerous upon impact?
If you do suffer personal injury in an elevator collapse, you are likely entitled to damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Discuss your case with a personal injury attorney.