Q: How Do Escalator Injuries Happen?
When an escalator malfunctions, it can severely injure people using it. These injuries can occur in a many ways, but many of them occur as a result of escalator defects and poor maintenance. Anyone who suffers injuries while riding an escalator may make a claim to recover their medical expenses and other accident-related costs.
If you suffered injuries as a result of an incident on an escalator, the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz P.C., can help you file a claim against the responsible parties. Call us today at 404-474-0804.
How Do Escalator Injuries Happen?
Escalator injuries occur because the escalator was defective or malfunctioned due to poor maintenance. Some common escalator defects include:
- Broken or missing steps
- Missing teeth on escalator track
- Excessive space between moving steps and stationary sides and railing
- Mechanical malfunction
- Loose or missing screws
These defects can cause accidents such as slips and falls or entrapment.
Slips and Falls
Some people fall when getting on and off an escalator or moving from one step to the next. Children and the elderly are especially prone to this type of accident. Slip and fall accidents on escalators occur because of broken steps, sudden stoppage, or change in the direction of the steps.
Entrapment occurs when a part of the body becomes caught in the escalator mechanism. Children are especially prone to finger entrapment due to their small hands. It is also important to note that entrapment does not always have to include a body part. Personal effects (e.g., hair, clothing, shoes, shoelaces) may also become lodged in the space between stationary siding and moving steps.
Who Is Responsible for Escalator Injuries?
Many escalator accidents occur due to the negligence of one or more parties, such as the escalator manufacturer, maintenance company, or even a mall or shopping center where the escalator is located. This negligence may include:
- Poor design or using defective parts during the manufacturing process
- Property owners and maintenance personnel’s failure to perform routine maintenance on the escalator
- Property owners’ and repairmen’s failure to fix faulty machinery within a reasonable amount of time.
If You Sustained Injuries on an Escalator, Call Us Today
The attorneys at the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz P.C. will evaluate your claim for free and advise you of your options for recovering your damages. Call us at 404-474-0804 to arrange your consultation.