Escalator Accidents L.A.


Escalators can cause severe injury despite being in many malls and stores. Here we discuss the problem, the varying points of view, and how to find the right lawyer for your particular case.

Ehline Law Firm – L.A. Escalator Injuries Law Offices.

Escalators are enclosed moving staircases. These machines have moving waist-high guard rails at the sides. Owners and operators of escalators are common carriers under California negligence law.

Escalator at shopping mall.

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Because of this, operators and landlords have a higher standard of legal care. Building managers and owners must ensure sure things are in working order before opening them up to commercial or public use.

Statistics show that there are:

  • About 30,000 escalators in the country today. (Source.)
  • Plus, there are as many as 575 million escalator passengers every day.
  • Approximately 11,000 people suffer injuries on escalators each year.
  • About 27 deaths take place annually from these machines.

Our skilled attorneys at the Ehline Law Firm stand up for victim's rights. Also, we work our hardest to assure they get the best care.

With the higher standard, negligent parties owed a duty to stop the escalator.

  • They could place an "out of order" sign and use the motionless escalator as ordinary stairs.

Does Ehline Law Firm Have An Earned Reputation for Helping Escalator Victims?

Yes, we do! Ehline Law Firm has earned its reputation, assisting those harmed by others’ negligence. Our specialization in escalator cases has shown us unflattering pictures of the injuries. Escalator-related injuries cause fingers, flip flops, dresses, and toes to catch in moving pieces of the machine.

In other words, belts, grates, trusses, tracks, steps, and handrails of the moving staircase can cause a deglove or amputation—our knowledge of the mechanics of the machine and the case study to make your claim more effectively. Reach us at (213) 596-9642 for a free consultation.


What is Escalator and Moving Walkway Liability?

So we know what an escalator is. So what is a "moving walkway?' Great question? In fact, we see them at most airports, such as LAX or John Wayne Airport. It's just a horizontally moving conveyor belt that moves you quicker. So it's similar to an escalator in its moving handrails, parts, and forward motion.

  • The liability for such a severe accident falls on the building owner or manager. They are responsible for the safe usage of the machine and the proper maintenance thereof.
  • If it is unsafe, then it is so for the public and tenants. Airports also use escalators and a similar horizontal system for fast transport.

These machines must have handrails that keep pace with the conveyors or steps. This for people to balance while moving. Malls will commonly use the large staircase type escalators. Sometimes condos, apartment complexes, or smaller retail spaces maintain escalators.

These areas have high pedestrian traffic. So these include stadiums, airports, train stations, and the like. In subways, they even utilize spiral and tube style escalators. Also, when multiple people get involved in maintenance, the owner or manager is responsible for the utmost diligence in making sure the repair or maintenance was correct. No matter what, they make sure that it is up to safety code.

When there is an accident, the owner or manager remains liable for negligence. Also, these remain complicated cases. Also, they require the steady hand of a skilled attorney, such as those at the Ehline Law Firm.


What are Some of the Common Causes of Escalator Accidents?

Owners and operators remain obligated by law to keep escalators safe. Often, human error is to blame for such an event.

Sometimes they are caused by:

  • Mechanical problems
  • Poor maintenance

These can cause failures that can cause stops that:

  • Jolt riders, including those not holding onto the railing.

Sometimes escalators face fires, due to:

  • Overheating
  • Flammable lubricating oil
  • Poor sprinkler devices. (this can lead to the "trench effect.")

So damaged and worn equipment must get updated and fixed. However, when not done, severe issues follow.

  • There are cases when the grated metal stairs have gaps.

These gaps can cause:

  • Skin and clothing to become caught.

Injuries are especially challenging with cases involving children. And this can cause you:

  • Severe foot
  • Hand, or other injuries
  • Ailments include avulsion and amputation.

Overview of escalator injury causation:

  • Improper belt and parts.
  • Improper repairs and maintenance.
  • Jarring and jolting stops that are sudden.
  • Missing protective railings and side panels.
  • Entrapment of feet, tennis shoes, digits, and so forth, in “side traps.”
  • Improperly tightened parts, broken, damaged, or missing comb plate teeth.
  • Attractive nuisance.

What Are Some More Risks Specifically To Kids Riding Escalators?

Unfortunately, children are at higher risk for injury, especially those that see escalators as a toy. When children misuse the escalator or are out of their parents’ supervision, severe damage can result. One of the most common injuries is due to a side entrapment hazard.

Children lean on or stand closer to the plexiglass or metal paneling as they grab onto the rail for support. Also, fingers get caught, or skin gets ripped off in the rail belts. Also, shoes or shoestrings could become nabbed in step grates. And even with parental supervision, this remains possible.

Injuries are often caused by things that people don't take care around. If a person doesn't realize the potential danger or how to act around a certain object or in a particular situation, they are more likely to be injured. Such everyday objects can cause bodily harm across the country, including those in common places of travel or shopping, discussed here.

Shopping malls are popping up all over Los Angeles. Injury cases seem to rise the more escalators are used. Elevators are used by thousands of people every day. While these conveyors are considered quite ubiquitous, there are often many injuries from these objects every year.

Riding the escalator
Mom and two children on an escalator

Escalators do pose a particular risk for children. Kids are often either not familiar with such a means of conveyance. Or they can lose digits or limbs that can be stuck in one of the moving parts. These can often occur because the companies that build, install, or maintain these machines are not responsible for their operation.

As such, poorly damaged, improperly maintained, or unsafe escalators have caused severe injuries of all types. Landlords, in particular, are targets for pi lawyers. Furthermore, they typically have large insurance policies for the premises, as well as assets to cover any runaway jury verdicts.

Why Is Maintenance So Important For Escalators?

Escalators, if maintained and built correctly, often function in the manner that they are meant to. However, those that leave elevators in dangerous conditions should be held responsible for their actions.

If an escalator accident has injured your child, there could be mounting medical bills, physical and emotional scarring. Furthermore, the amputation of a digit can happen. Make sure that your insurance company accurately covers the damage caused by such an accident.

So this includes all of the medical expenses current and future. Also, the wild parties that led to such an incident could be challenged in and out of court.

What Other Types of Injuries Sustained In Escalator Accidents?

Each year there are thousands of accidents involving escalators that cause severe injuries, most commonly those with the hand or foot.

Also, cases of:

  • Severe head trauma
  • Knee injuries
  • Fingertip injuries or others remain avoided-able with proper maintenance.

What Should You Immediately Do After an Escalator or Moving Walkway Mishap?

First thing first:

  1. Find immediate medical care.
  2. Sit down with an accredited injury attorney to go over your legal rights.

Steps to take will include:

  • Taking pictures of the accident scene
  • Gathering witness statements
  • Filing a notice of defect or claim and other elements.

IMPORTANT: No matter what, call the police. Also, and fill out an incident report. Make sure that all safety regulations get carried out.

Why Else Should You Hire a Lawyer Right Away?

It is important not to wait in a case like this. There could be multiple liable parties, and waiting out the statute of limitations could kill your case. A skilled attorney is vital to getting your life whole again. Don't wait any longer.

What Are Some Other Things Attorneys Can Help With?

An experienced legal team by your side can make all the difference. So now you have help organizing a proper claim for the court. In fact, lawyers make sure negligent parties remain liable. The attorneys will gather proper evidence.

Also, they will file your liability insurance claims; In fact, they also contact the insurance companies. Also, attorneys can determine if the escalator was faulty or recalled. The right attorney is vital in your court case. Ehline Law Firm has won in hundreds of cases, winning millions in settlements for our clients.

A Skilled Attorney Attacks The Case!

Facing the injury of a loved one, you are likely not able to lead such an attack yourself. Secondly, the aid of a skilled attorney specialized in personal injury and escalator accidents allows you the opportunity in compensation. This is money for your bills, pain, and anguish. You're not alone, and if successful, you will also help prevent a similar accident happening to another child.

Contact a skilled attorney at Ehline Law today for more information. In addition, we work on contingency. Not a penny unless we gain compensation for you. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will come to meet you anywhere in Southern California to assist. Call us today for a free, no-pressure consultation.

More:

"Riding the Escalator: How Dangerous is it?" - Louisa H. Schminke, MD, Victor Jeger, MD, Dimitrios S. Evangelopoulos, MD, Ph.D., Heinz Zimmerman, MD, and Aristomenis K. Exadaktylos, MD - US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (link.)

"Escalator-related injuries among children in the United States," 1990-2002. McGeehan J1, Shields BJ, Wilkins JR 3rd, Ferketich AK, Smith GA. - US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (link.)