Most of us have taken several escalators over the course of our lives without incident. Whether it be in a department store or otherwise, escalators are generally no cause for concern. However, this is not always the case, and if you are someone who was injured in an escalator accident, you may now require financial compensation to help you heal. Please read on and reach out to our Manhattan personal injury lawyer to learn more about escalator accidents and how our firm can assist you if you have been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have about escalator accidents and the legal process ahead:
What are the causes of escalator accidents?
Escalator accidents can happen for a wide array of reasons, which is why it is critical that you hire an attorney who can accurately assess the circumstances of your injuries and file a well-thought-out personal injury claim. Some of the most common causes of escalator accidents are as follows:
- Electrical malfunctions
- Missing foot brushes
- Broken or defective handrails
- Design flaws
- Missing comb plates
- Loose screws
- Failure to maintain or service escalators
- Negligent product design
- Negligent product manufacturer
Who is responsible for an escalator accident?
When someone is injured in an escalator accident, an attorney will have to analyze the incident to determine which party is responsible. In many cases, the property owner is responsible. In this case, our firm will have to prove that the property owner knew or should have known about the unsafe escalator conditions, failed to take action to fix them, and that you were injured and incurred significant damages as a result. When a property owner is responsible for an accident, we will file a premises liability claim. That being said, in other cases, our firm may determine that you were injured because of a negligent product manufacturer or a negligent product design. In this case, we will most likely file a product liability claim on your behalf.
Ensure that you file your claim within the state’s statute of limitations, which is three years. Waiting any longer than three years from the date of your accident will most likely result in you being permanently time-barred from suing. We can help you today–all you need to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.
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