Escalator & Elevator Injuries
Assistance from Our Phoenix Premises Liability Attorneys
When we get on escalators and elevators, we tend to think of these mechanical
apparatuses as simply as ways of getting from Point A to Point B. While
we generally don't expect to be injured on our escalator / elevator
trips, the unfortunate truth is that there are many people who have been
seriously hurt, or even killed, while riding escalators or elevators.
With these apparatuses being used so frequently, it is vital that they
receive regular maintenance and are in working order. When building and
property owners fail to keep their escalators and elevators functioning
properly, they place the public at serious risk.
If you, your child, or another loved one was injured while riding an escalator
or elevator, it may be possible for you to hold the property owner accountable—if
the incident that caused the injury was a result of the party's negligence.
Our Phoenix premises liability lawyers at Jones|Raczkowski can assist
you in filing a
premises liability or personal injury claim and proving the negligence that occurred. If
the property owner was not at fault, it may be possible to show that the
escalator / elevator manufacturer, installer, or repair company was to blame.
Types of Escalator & Elevator Accidents
According to data cited on ConsumerWatch.com in 2010, there are an estimated
35,000 escalators and
900,000 elevators in the United States. It is estimated that each escalator transports an
average of 12,000 people each year, and each elevator transports and average
of 20,000 people each year. Collectively, this equates to billions of
passenger escalator / elevator passenger trips being made each year in
this country—an estimated 105 trips for escalators and 18 billion
trips for elevators.
Injuries can be caused by various types of escalator and elevator incidents, such as:
- Falls on escalators
- Falls over the handrails of escalators
- Entrapment of clothing or footwear in an escalator
- Abrupt stops on the escalator
- Broken or unsecured escalator steps
- Entrapment between elevator doors (inadequate door sensors)
- Being hit by elevator doors that close too abruptly
- Overly abrupt movement or stops by an elevator
- Elevator floor not lining up with the building floor
- Slippery floors in the elevator
Sadly, children are especially vulnerable to injuries on escalators, especially
since it is easier for their clothing or untied shoelaces to become entrapped
in an escalator's ridges or sidewalls.
Get a free consultation from Jones|Raczkowski!
Our team at Jones|Raczkowski wants to help you recover all possible damages
for the preventable elevator or escalator accident that affected you and
your family. Once you retain our services, we'll work to help you
pursue compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost income, pain
and suffering, and emotional trauma.
Contact our firm so we can assist you in exploring your legal options through a free