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Automatic Door Accidents

Wisconsin Injury Attorney

Even if you tried, you may not be able to avoid all automatic doors. They are nearly everywhere, at airports, shopping malls, grocery stores, hospitals, and even in most garages. Although they are designed to make our lives easier, they are not without potential dangers.

When you approach an automatic door in a retail or public place, they are designed to easily open to allow people to walk through and not to close until you are all the way through. Unfortunately, all too often, this does not happen. These doors can and do malfunction and close suddenly, with no warning to whoever is walking through. When this happens, the doors can strike a person, and sometimes knock the person down.

Garage doors can malfunction in a similar way. Although sensors at the bottom are designed to stop the door from closing when someone or something is detected in the way, the sensors may not always work.

Small children and the elderly are the most at risk when automatic doors malfunction, but everyone can be vulnerable. Oftentimes, doors malfunction because of one of the following reasons:

  • They are not properly installed
  • They are not properly maintained
  • They are not regularly inspected
  • They have faulty sensors or other parts in them

According to the American Association of Automatic Door Manufacturers, properly installed, inspected and maintained automatic doors should never close on a person. In order to ensure that automatic doors function properly, they must be inspected at least annually by a qualified automatic door service technician. In addition, daily inspections must be done by the owner of the premises.

Every year, people are needlessly injured in tragic accidents with automatic doors. They are sometimes crushed, hit or knocked down, causing a variety of injuries and, in the most severe cases, even deaths.

It is important to retain a law firm with necessary expertise in handling these cases as soon as possible, so that an investigation can be done to determine the cause of the malfunction before any changes or modifications are made. Experience does matter. At Cannon & Dunphy S.C. we have handled many serious injury and death cases involving malfunctioning automatic doors. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed by a malfunctioning automatic door or garage door, our attorneys may be able to help you. Contact our offices today for a free initial consultation.