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Another Louisiana Elevator Collapse – Are They Less Safe than Advertised?

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…
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Elevator Accident Injures Teens in New Orleans

Contrary to what Hollywood might have you believe, elevator collapses are uncommon. When an elevator does malfunction, the most typical consequences to those trapped inside is boredom and perhaps a little anxiety. Most injuries caused by elevator malfunctions occur when someone tries to get out of the elevator and becomes trapped. However, that doesn’t mean elevators don’t collapse. Elevator Collapse in New Orleans In July, a group of Wahoo teens traveled to New Orleans for a mission trip helping people still affected by Hurricane Katrina. The group was at a host family’s home for a dinner when the host and four teens entered the home’s elevator. As they ascended to the third floor, others in the home heard a sudden, terrible and very loud noise, followed by screaming. Emergency responders rushed to the teens and host inside the elevator and found all of them with varying degrees of injury to…
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Can I Survive an Elevator Collapse?

Four people have sued American Crescent Elevators and Selective Insurance/Mesa Underwriters in Orleans Parish Civil District Court after they suffered injuries in an elevator collapse. The four plaintiffs worked together in the building where the collapse occurred. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs were inside the elevator when a malfunction occurred. The elevator quickly fell to the lowest floor of the building. Fortunately, no one was killed. The plaintiffs are seeking all reasonable damages, court costs, attorney fees and appropriate relief. They have accused the defendants of failure to warn of danger, failure to maintain the elevator and overall negligence. Elevator collapses are rare, and in the event that something does go wrong, there are many safety features in place to protect elevator occupants. Elevators are statistically safer than escalators and even cars. However, these incidents do occur. Traction elevators have speed-sensing governors that activate special brakes if the car…
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