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Elevator & Escalator Accident Reconstruction & Litigation, 4th Edition

SKU: ACCIDENT4TH Categories: ,

Format: PRINT
Publication Date: 2018


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You're considering the case of a maintenance worker injured while repairing an elevator, or an elderly woman hurt on a department store escalator while doing some weekend shopping with her grandchildren. An initial search of the literature has turned up almost nothing useful. Your instinct tells you the cases are good, but to evaluate them properly, you need this new addition to our litigation series.

The key questions are: what caused the accident, and what were the contributory factors? Some accidents have an element of "in the wrong place at the wrong time" about them, while others have an element of disregard for the equipment involved. Sadly, others fall into the category of sheer negligence or incompetence. This book will help you determine the difference. This new fourth edition revises and adds new content, including a new chapter on accident prevention and limiting liability, with the most up-to-date information to help you succeed in these cases.

The authors have investigated numerous elevator and escalator accidents. Their expertise will guide you as you make your decision to take or reject the cases, and their experience will give you the basic understanding of the issues you need to understand to proceed with confidence.

Topics Include:

  • Codes, regulations and related subjects--for the U.S., with consideration of Canada and the U.K.
  • Accident statistics and selected incidents
  • The elements of typical escalator accidents
  • Accident Prevention, Improving Safety, and Limiting Liability
  • Reviewing and understanding maintenance documents
  • Presuit investigation: should a suit be instituted?
  • Legal theories and negligence
  • A glossary and a sample expert report
  • Pleadings--excerpt of a typical complaint
  • Discovery--sample interrogatories, request for production of documents and corporate designee notices
  • Expert opinion: the applicability of Daubert, Khumo and Frye

    Table of Contents Photographs and Illustrations Preface Chapter 1: Codes, Regulations and Related Issues Chapter 2: Description of the Equipment and Illustrations Chapter 3: Accident Statistics Chapter 4: Reasons for and Causes of Accidents, Improving Safety and Limiting Liability Chapter 5: Accident Prevention, Improving Safety, and Limiting Liability Chapter 6: Pre-Suit Investigation Chapter 7: Legal Theories and the Standard of Care Chapter 8: Pleadings Chapter 9: Discovery Chapter 10: Expert Opinion Chapter 11: The U.K. Experience Appendix A: Sample Expert Report Glossary

    Hardcover | 512 Pages | 2 lbs.

  • Author Bio

    James Filippone, P.E., is a mechanical engineer who started his career in the design and construction of nuclear power plants. He joined the Port Authority of NY and NJ years later, and started his elevator and escalator career.

    Joel D. Feldman, Esq. is an attorney who received his J.D. in 1981 from Villanova University School of Law. He is a shareholder and managing partner of the Philadelphia law firm of Anapol, Schwartz, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C.

    Ronald D. Schloss, executive director, SEEC, LLC, is an elevator consultant and electrical engineer with a life-long dedication to the vertical transportation industry. All of his 50-plus working years, except for military obligations, have been in the elevator industry. Eventually he joined the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC).

    David Cooper, BSc(Hons), MSc, MPhil, CEng, FRSA, FIET, FCIBSE has over 30 years of experience in the lift and escalator industry. He is the Managing Director of LECS (U.K.) Ltd. He holds several degrees with an emphasis on accident investigations.

    Joseph L. Stabler began his career in the elevator industry in 1975 before graduating from the Basic Institute of Technology in Electronic Engineering Technology (1977). Thereafter, he co-founded Custom Home Elevators of St. Louis. Joe subsequently sold his company interest in 1979 to pursue and earn his journeyman mechanics certificate through the IUEC (1984). He earned his QEI certificate from NAESA (1991-Present) and then founded Stabler Associates, Inc. (1992), an independent elevator and escalator consulting firm where he serves as President/CEO.

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