Escalator and Elevator Accidents
Each day, millions of individuals use escalators or elevators to reach their home or office and to get around other multilevel buildings. Many people take for granted that an escalator or elevator will function properly, seeing it as just another part of their daily routine. When an escalator or elevator malfunctions, however, the results can be devastating.
Common Causes of Escalator and Elevator Accidents
Oftentimes, the escalators or elevators in large buildings are maintained and serviced by companies that might have a contract with the owner or manager of the building. The contracted company is therefore responsible for ensuring that the escalators or elevators are maintained in a safe condition. Even those buildings without an escalator or elevator maintenance company are usually required to use properly trained professionals to maintain, service, and inspect escalators and elevators on a regular basis. Unfortunately, though, many escalator and elevator accidents still happen as a result of inadequate upkeep.
There are many factors that can cause or contribute to escalator accidents, including:
- Defective or missing steps
- Too much space between an escalator’s steps and sides
- Broken or missing teeth on an escalator track
- Malfunctioning or defective equipment
- Poorly designed handrails
- Escalator falls
- Escalator entrapment
Some factors that might cause or contribute to an elevator accident injury include:
- Fall hazards due to open shafts or defective doors
- Tripping hazards due to an elevator failing to line up with the floor
- Malfunctioning or defective wiring
- Malfunctioning or defective pulley system
- Door malfunction
- Elevator entrapment
- Sudden elevator drops or stops
How to Recover Damages
To receive compensation for your injuries that were the result of an escalator or elevator accident, you must be able to establish that another party was a fault for the accident. Some questions that might be raised when determining liability for an escalator or elevator accident include:
- Did the escalator or elevator ever malfunction in the past?
- Was the owner or operator of the escalator or elevator aware that it had problems in the past?
- Was the escalator or elevator properly serviced, maintained, and inspected?
- Was the escalator or elevator violating any building or city safety codes?
- Was the escalator or elevator being repaired when the accident occurred, and were there hazard or other warning signs visible?
- Could the escalator or elevator accident have been prevented?
Experienced and Dedicated Escalator and Elevator Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an escalator or an elevator accident, it is in your best interest to have a skilled personal injury lawyer on your side. The experienced escalator and elevator accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group will tirelessly advocate for you and help you seek the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.