What You Need to Know about Escalator Accidents
Escalators provide an easy way to travel between floors of multi-level buildings, shopping centers, and other commercial properties. They are especially useful for those who are unable to use stairs as a result of some sort of disability or health condition.
While you may step on an escalator without giving it a second thought, accidents involving escalators injure a significant number of people every year. If you have been hurt in an escalator accident, it’s imperative that you contact an LA personal injury attorney as soon as you can.
Factors that Can Lead to Serious Injury on Escalators
Common factors that contribute to injuries resulting from escalator-related accidents can include:
- Failure to inspect escalators for issues and improper maintenance and repair by people unqualified to perform such services
- Uneven flooring causes trips and falls while getting on or off the escalator
- Missing or defective escalator steps
- Faulty wiring that can cause sudden stops and result in falls on the escalator
- Faulty handrails that can result in personal items like clothing and hair to become caught
- Kids becoming attracted to playing on the escalator
Who Is Liable for Injuries Resulting from Escalators?
When a person is injured due to a faulty escalator, the property owner can often be held liable under premises liability law. In California, premises liability lawsuits are based on negligence. Where a property owner or someone in control of the premises fails to make dangerous conditions safe, they will be held liable.
Additionally, the manufacturer of the escalator can be held liable in the case where there are any manufacturing or design defects or where there are inadequate warnings as to the dangers associated with the escalator.
Lastly, companies who conduct routine maintenance or repair services can be held liable for failing to fully repair an escalator or otherwise being negligent in maintenance.
Common Injuries Resulting from Escalator-Related Accidents
Common injuries that can occur in accidents involving escalators include:
- Broken and fractured joints and bones
- Bruising and lacerations to the face and body that can result in permanent scarring
- Loss of fingers, toes, and limbs
- Electrocution or shock resulting from faulty wiring
In addition to the injuries listed above, death can result from escalator-involved accidents in extreme cases, especially where children are involved.
What to do if You Are Injured on an Escalator as a Result of Someone Else’s Negligence
If you are injured on or by an escalator, immediately file a report with the business. Most businesses will have a process for reporting injuries on the premises. Next, contact an attorney so that he or she can begin to gather relevant evidence, including scene photographs and witness statements. Ensure you see a medical professional even if you don’t feel like you were seriously injured. Oftentimes, injuries show up later on. Make sure you preserve all medical records and evidence of diagnoses and prescriptions. Lastly, don’t talk to insurance companies as they will use anything you say to fight for businesses to avoid compensating you for your injuries.
Call Jahrmarkt & Associates to Speak with a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney
Because multiple actors can be held liable for your injuries in a negligence case, it is best to hire an attorney who will look at the circumstances of your case and bring suit against all who might be responsible. The Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at Jahrmarkt & Associates are experienced in negligence cases and will work hard to protect your right to receive compensation for your injuries. Call (310) 226-7676 or visit our website to schedule a free consultation today.