Can I Sue if I am Injured in a New York City Escalator Accident?

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Can I Sue if I am Injured in a New York City Escalator Accident?

Escalators are extremely common in the City, and few people think twice before getting on or off of one. However, unfortunately, sometimes escalators pose serious risks when they are negligently manufactured, designed, or maintained. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced New York City personal injury attorney to learn more about escalator accidents and how our firm can help you if you have been injured in one.

What should I do after being injured in an escalator accident?

If you are injured in an escalator accident, the first thing you should do is call for help and notify the owner of the establishment that you were injured so they may file an incident report. From here, you should call the police. Next, you should ask anyone who saw the accident occur for their contact information, and you should also take pictures of the unsafe conditions that caused the accident. Once you are treated at a hospital, ensure you ask your doctor for all medical documentation pertaining to your injuries. From here, ensure you retain the services of an experienced New York City personal injury attorney who can determine the liable party for your injuries.

If your attorney can prove that you were injured due to a product defect, such as a negligently manufactured or designed escalator, you will most likely file what is known as a product liability lawsuit. However, if your attorney can prove that the escalator owner knew or should have reasonably known about the unsafe escalator conditions and you were injured and sustained significant damages as a result, you will most likely file a premises liability lawsuit.

How long will I have to sue someone for an injury in New York State?

If you are injured in New York State, you only have a certain amount of time to take action against the liable party. This timeframe is known as the statute of limitations. Of course, you may wish to wait to see if your injuries heal on their own before pursuing legal action, however, we cannot advise you do so, as the statute of limitations in New York State for personal injury claims is, generally three years. This means that you will, generally, have three years from the date of your accident to sue. Do not wait too long. The sooner you bring your claim to our attention, the better. We are ready to help you today.

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