Washington DC and Maryland Elevator and Escalator Accidents Law Firm

Elevator and escalator accidents are all too common occurrences that could be avoided with so many red flags. These machines require extensive maintenance because of the sheer volume of parts required to make them work. An escalator is made up of hundreds of parts, including many gears requiring constant maintenance and other larger ones that must be replaced. The escalators at any given Metro station are routinely shut down and being repaired. It is very common to see commuters going up and down stationary escalators.

Elevators are no different. Whether you ride down an elevator every morning as you leave home or you ride up an elevator to get to work, you have often come across an elevator that is out of service. It can take months for replacement parts to arrive before an elevator is replaced. Meanwhile office workers and apartment dwellers have to deal with the constant inconvenience.

Elevator and escalator accidents happen because preventative maintenance efforts fail to materialize properly. Older elevators and escalators need special attention. These machines are used very frequently and failure to perform proper maintenance can lead to accidents with serious injuries. Owners and responsible parties are required to pay attention to warning signs and to complaints made by daily commuters, residents and officer workers. When complaints are ignored and maintenance is either sloppy or delayed, accidents usually follow.

If you suffered an accident and you believe it is someone else’s fault, call us for a free evaluation.

We will closely examine all the evidence and let you know whether you can pursue a personal injury case. If you can, you will have an aggressive litigator on your side and direct communication with your attorney.

We have the experience of going up against large insurance companies and government agencies in order to help put your life back together following an accident. Contact us for a full investigation of your case in order to determine whether negligence was the cause of your injury. If there was negligence, we will find the evidence. And if you suffered a serious injury, you could be entitled to compensation for lost wages, future wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims

There is a time limit for initiating a personal injury lawsuit. In Washington, D.C. and Maryland you have three years from the date of the injury to make a claim.  Wrongful death matters are treated differently in the District of Columbia where the time limit is two years. In Maryland, there is a three-year limitation on wrongful death cases.

These types of cases require extensive investigation including attempting to determine prior accident history, maintenance records, ownership and control documentation and prior complaints. So it is very important to move quickly if we are to pursue a cause of action against the responsible party. If you wait too long, you may be unable to file suit. 

When you reach out to us, your personal injury attorney will thoroughly analyze your case and conduct a full investigation to determine what went wrong.  Contact us for a free initial consultation.


We work on a contingency basis which means that you will not pay us anything for our services unless we are successful in resolving your case. In the case of a favorable outcome, our fee is a percentage of the total amount recovered.  If we are not able to obtain a favorable outcome, then you owe us nothing for our time or expenses.


Please contact us for more information about your case so that we may determine the best course of action.

You can count on our total dedication to you. We rely on the best experts to help us evaluate your case. With our firm on your side, you will have an attorney directly available to you.  Contact us at 202-330-6290 or info@serranolegal.com for a free initial consultation if you suffered a serious injury.


If you allege that that the District of Columbia government is at fault for a wrongful death, then you must act quickly and contact a personal injury attorney. You only have 6 months to file a claim with the District of Columbia Government before filing a lawsuit in court. Please contact us for more information.