Automated Door Failure

posted on:
May 18, 2007

author:
Staff

What is automated door failure?

Operation of the door is based upon the detection of infrared light reflecting back into a sensor from the object that comes from within or passes through the doorway.

Unfortunately, this sensor system has an inherent defect in that many clothing colors worn by pedestrians fail to adequately reflect the infrared signal, and therefore the door does not operate appropriately. In other instances, slow-moving persons, such as the elderly or handicapped, who use devices to assist in their movement often move too slow to get through the door system before it activates.

What are the dangers associated with automated door failure?

We handled a wrongful death case arising out of a defectively designed automated door system. The decedent was an elderly lady, who suffered injuries that resulted in her death when she was struck by an automatic door at a local commercial establishment. The automatic door system operated on an infrared presence sensor swing system currently in wide use by Besam and Stanley Door manufacturers.

Many injuries occur by these type automatic doors closing on unsuspecting pedestrians. Manufacturers of this type system have known of the problems with the sensors and have failed to replace the sensors with widely available alternative designs. The commercial facility in this case has had hundreds of prior injuries across the United States as a result of this defective condition in the door system. The door manufacturer has also had hundreds of other similar instances due to the design defect in its product.

What can I do if I have been injured as the result of an automated door failure?

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious side effect as the result of an automated door failure, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact us today!

 

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