This article will focus primarily on elevators used on commercial properties (office buildings, shopping malls) and in apartment or condominium complexes. Elevators may travel by hydraulic piston or cables driven by an electric motor. Elevators are designed to minimize lateral movement and to stop evenly with each level. When an elevator car reaches its intended floor, two sets of doors (one set on the elevator car and the other on each level / floor) are calibrated to open together only when the car is level with the intended floor. When an injury occurs in this setting, an elevator injury lawyer should be called after medical attention is sought.
Elevator injuries fall under the broader heading of premises liability law. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, less than 30 people are killed by elevators each year, but over twenty thousand are injured due to elevator-related incidents (this number includes escalator injuries as well).