Unlike horizontal moving walkway accidents, escalators often involve falling and tumbling from great heights, tragically increasing the risk of mild traumatic brain injury and death to pedestrians using the machine. 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.
Escalators are enclosed moving staircases, typically moving at a vertical, angling stride up and down to differing levels on a building structure. These machines will have moving waist-high guard rails at the sides. Owners and operators of escalators are common carriers under California negligence law.
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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:
Our skilled attorneys at the Ehline Law Firm stand up for victim’s rights. Also, we work our hardest to ensure they get the best care.
With the higher standard, negligent parties owed a duty to stop the escalator.
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 machine’s mechanics and the case study to make your claim more effectively. Reach us at (213) 596-9642 for a free consultation.
So we know what an escalator is. So what is a “moving walkway?’ Great question? 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.
These machines must have handrails that keep pace with the conveyors or steps. This for people to balance while moving. Malls will commonly use 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 the 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.
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:
These can cause failures that can cause stops that:
Sometimes escalators face fires due to:
So damaged and worn equipment must get updated and fixed. However, when not done, severe issues follow.
These gaps can cause:
Injuries are especially challenging with cases involving children. And this can cause you:
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 occur when people fail to properly inspect and maintain their property for dangers in case people around don’t notice them. If a person doesn’t realize the potential danger or 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.
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 comprehensive insurance policies for the premises and assets to cover any runaway jury verdicts.
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.
Each year, thousands of accidents involving escalators cause severe injuries, most commonly those with the hand or foot.
Also, cases of:
First thing first:
Steps to take will include:
IMPORTANT: No matter what, call the police. Also, and fill out an incident report. Make sure that all safety regulations get carried out.
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.
An experienced legal team by your side can make all the difference. So now you have help organizing a proper claim for the court. Lawyers make sure negligent parties remain liable. The attorneys will gather appropriate 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.
Facing a loved one’s injury, you are likely not able to lead such an attack yourself. Secondly, the aid of a skilled attorney specializing in personal injury and escalator accidents allows you the opportunity in compensation. Compensation is your damages awarded as money for your bills, pain, and anguish. You’re not alone, and if successful, you will also help prevent a similar accident from happening to another child by holding at-fault party’s liable to pay their negligence.
Contact a skilled attorney at Ehline Law today for more information. Also, 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 at (213) 596-9642, or fill out our no-pressure website contact form for a free consultation.
“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.)