New York City is filled with massive skyscrapers on almost every street. Because these buildings are so tall, they require several elevators and escalators to help people get from one floor to floor. Many people use elevators and escalators every day. Most do not think of these machines as dangerous, however, accidents can happen if they malfunction. This can happen if they are not properly created or maintained by those who are obligated to do so. If an elevator or escalator is defective, they can cause major injuries. If a person is injured because of a defective elevator or escalator, it may be a result of negligence. If you were injured in an elevator or escalator accident, it is important to seek legal representation.
When elevators and escalators are not properly maintained, it is possible for them to experience malfunctions. This can happen as a result of design defects or mechanical errors. In order to prevent accidents, regular inspections should be conducted on machines so they are safe to use. If those who are responsible for doing so fail to meet this standard of care, people can become seriously injured an elevator or escalator malfunctions. This can also happen with chair lifts and moving sidewalks. Those who are injured in these accidents can suffer from injuries that affect the rest of their life. This may include crushed limbs, broken bones, and traumatic brain injuries.
Property owners are obligated to maintain a safe establishment for people who come on their property. If they do not provide this, the owner may be responsible if someone becomes injured. In some cases, a property owner can be held liable for an injury that occurred because of their negligence. Premises liability laws exist to protect injured people when this happens. In order to bring a case against a property owner, the injured must prove the owner knew, or should have known, about the hazardous condition and did nothing to fix it.
Other times, a property owner is not at fault for an individual’s injury. There are some cases in which the manufacturer of the machines could be responsible. Elevators and escalators having numerous moving parts that are required to be made correctly in order for the machines to function. When mistakes happen or if a manufacturer cuts corners during production, these machines can become defective and cause serious injuries. If this happens, product liability laws protect those who are injured. If a manufacturer is negligent, they may be held liable for any injuries that may happen as a result.
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