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Elevators: Cases Summarized By Accident Attorney

This page within Virginia Tort Case Law is a compilation of cases reported by the Virginia Supreme Court and summarized by Brien Roche dealing with the topic of Elevators and the related topic of premises liability.  For more information on elevator issues see the page on Wikipedia.



See Va. Code § 40.1-44.1.


1995 Parker v. Elco Elev. Corp., 250 Va. 278, 462 S.E.2d 98.

In this elevator collapse case, trial court excluded expert testimony as to cause of elevator fall on theory that expert did not know what caused elevator’s excessive speed. Plaintiff, however, had alternative theories of negligence based upon prior accidents, and as such it was error to exclude expert testimony.

1951 Jacobsen v. Kim, 192 Va. 352, 64 S.E.2d 755.

One maintaining elevator in building open to public is common carrier. Several elevator cases cited.

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