Burbank Resident Killed in Elevator Accident

September 18, 2015

Ellis Law Corporation


Los Angeles police and investigators continue to probe the August 15 electrocution death of Burbank resident Robert Khodadian, who was suffered a fatal electrocution while on the job at the Wells Fargo Center on South Grand Avenue.

The specific cause of death for Mr. Khodadian, who was discovered in the elevator machine room, remains the subject of an ongoing inquiry in order to establish whether third party negligence may have led to the tragic event. Though Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter has declared the death an accident, the Division of Occupational Health Safety and Health continues to delve into the surrounding circumstances.

Key facts about elevator accidents

The alarming truth is that elevator accidents happen much more frequently than many believe. Each year, numerous individuals report suffering injuries as the result of an escalator or elevator malfunction or mishap. Antiquated machinery combined with shoddy maintenance and general neglect often lead to physical harm or even death. Building owners, elevator maintenance contractors or equipment manufacturers may ultimately be to blame when accidents of this nature occur. Though the assignment of liability in such situations can sometimes be challenging and will likely depend on a variety of factors, victims of elevator accidents must remember that they are entitled to seek justice, accountability and fair financial compensation.

Inadequate maintenance of elevators in all sorts of buildings, private and public, is among the leading causes of injury accidents in this realm. When an elevator is insufficiently attended to over time, doors begin to malfunction, misalignment can occur and the elevator car can experience abrupt stops and starts or may even fall several floors unexpectedly.

Each of these events has the potential to cause significant harm, including:

  • Back and neck injuries

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Injury to knees, ankles and wrists

  • Paralysis

  • Death

Los Angeles attorneys fighting for victims’ rights

At Ellis Law, we fully understand the disruption, pain and emotional anguish an elevator accident can cause not just the victims themselves, but their entire families. In cases where debilitating harm or death occurs, the physical, psychological and financial effects can often seem insurmountable. For these reasons, our team of accident attorneys stands ready to provide the comprehensive case evaluation and sound guidance necessary for victims to make informed decisions about their legal options. Our years of experience aggressively asserting the rights of the injured has allowed us to forge strong relationships with the medical experts, case investigators and researchers so crucial to successful outcomes in elevator, escalator and other types of serious accidents.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured as the result of an elevator malfunction or similar occurrence, you owe it to yourself to seek the advice of a seasoned Los Angeles personal injury attorney. To schedule your no-cost consultation, contact us at 310-641-3335.