Doors that open at the push of a button or right on cue when we approach can be convenient, especially for people with limited mobility or in wheelchairs. We use them all the time at shops, grocery stores, convenience stores, hotels, airports, and even hospitals. But automatic doors can also be dangerous, too. They’re powerful machines with heavy doors that can’t always be manually stopped when something goes wrong.
People can suffer serious injuries when automatic doors don’t operate like they’re supposed to. If you or your loved one were injured by an automatic door, you may be entitled to compensation. An automatic door injury lawyer from Van Law Firm can help you explore your legal options.
Recovering Compensation for an Automatic Door Injury
Automatic door injuries can be minor or severe, requiring a few days or even months to recover. Some injuries may prevent you from working for a little while, while severe automatic door injuries can put you out of work for a long time. That hit to your family’s income can be devastating, especially if you have medical bills to pay for your accident-related treatment.
But you shouldn’t have to pay for these expenses on your own, and you shouldn’t have to suffer with the physical pain your injuries are causing you. An automatic door injury attorney can tally up all your damages and determine a figure that best represents the effects of your injury.
Here are some of the types of damages we can help you get compensation for:
- Accident-related medical costs, including current bills and costs of future treatments
- Lost income, including wages and benefits
- Personal property damage, such as electronics
- Pain and suffering
- Disability or disfigurement
During your free case evaluation with an automatic door injury lawyer at Van Law, we can help you understand how much your case is worth.
Why Getting a Lawyer Is Important for Automatic Door Injury Cases
Getting compensation for an injury is more complex than just filing some paperwork. You have to gather evidence to support your claim, deal with pushy insurance companies, negotiate a settlement, and make sure you’re getting the money you deserve. That can be hard to do on your own when you’re also recovering from your injury.
You can focus on healing and being with your family after an automatic door injury while the team at Van Law Firm handles:
- Collecting the evidence
- Investigating the cause of your injury
- Determining all liable parties
- Building a case
- Filing insurance claims
- Negotiating a just settlement
- Taking your case to court if negotiations don’t get you the compensation you deserve
Our team prioritizes the emotional, physical, and financial well-being of our clients. If it’s best for you and your family to get compensation as soon as possible, we’ll make sure we maximize your claim without having to go to court. If you’re able to wait longer to get more of what you’re entitled to, we can litigate your case when necessary.
Types of Automatic Door Injuries
There are four main types of automatic door injuries:
- Pinch point, when a user’s limb gets stuck or “pinched” between the doors or other small space, causing an injury
- Blunt force, when an automatic door closes or strikes a user
- Lacerations, when a door closes with so much force that the glass breaks, cutting the user
- Overhead crush, when a door that goes up and down crushes a user on its way down
After an automatic door injury, you should seek medical attention right away, even if you believe you’re fine. A doctor can evaluate your injuries and spot ones that haven’t started causing pain yet. Some of the most common injuries we’ve seen our clients suffer after an automatic door injury include:
- Sprained or broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck and back injuries
- Injuries due to falling when knocked or impaired by an automatic door
How Automatic Door Injuries Occur
According to Occupational Health & Safety magazine, automatic door injuries aren’t just caused by doors that slide open — a person can also be injured by an automatic door that swings open and shut on its own. People can also be injured by automatic doors that are button-operated (known as low-energy automatic doors) or automatic doors that use movement sensors (called high-energy automatic doors).
Some of the most common ways an automatic door injury occurs is due to:
- Lack of maintenance: The building owner or the owner’s maintenance team has failed to properly and regularly inspect the door, identify issues like wear and tear, and fix issues with the button, sensors, and motor speed.
- Improper installation: The company that installed the door did so incorrectly, which caused the door to operate incorrectly.
- Malfunction: The door stops operating properly due to lack of maintenance or due to a manufacturing or design issue.
- Marketing defect: The door does not have adequate signage warning users of its automatic nature or other potential hazards, and that lack of signage leads to misuse or lack of care when using the door.
We can investigate the cause of your automatic door injury and determine the liable parties we can hold accountable for your damages.
Who Is Responsible for My Automatic Door Injury?
Since an automatic door accident often falls under premises liability, a building owner is generally the first party we’ll investigate and hold responsible for your injuries. That’s because building owners owe visitors a duty of care to keep all aspects of their property safe.
Another party we may be able to hold accountable for your automatic door accident is the company that designed and manufactured the door. If your injury was not caused by an issue due to lack of maintenance, your automatic door injury case may be a product liability claim.
How Your Visitor Status Affects Your Automatic Door Injury Case
Your reason for visiting a location, and thus using the automatic door for entry, can impact who we can hold accountable for your injuries.
If you are visiting to patronize a business, go to work, deliver goods, or otherwise act in the business’s benefit or main function, you’re considered an invitee. If you are a personal friend or other guest of the business or other property, you are a licensee.
In Nevada, the building owner owes a reasonable duty of care to both invitees and licensees. This duty may vary by state. No matter in which state your injury occurred, we can determine what caused your accident and hold the building owner or door manufacturer accountable as the law allows.
Who Is Responsible for My Automatic Door Injury?
The team at Van Law Firm is dedicated to helping victims of automatic door accidents get the compensation they deserve. Contact our office today for a free case evaluation at (725) 900-9000.
Let us help you!