Escalator accidents can happen suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere. Unfortunately, often, these accidents often produce very serious injuries. Please continue reading and reach out to our Bronx personal injury lawyer to learn more about escalator accidents and how our legal team can assist you if you’ve been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How do most escalator accidents happen?
Escalator accidents can occur for a multitude of reasons, though they typically happen when an escalator malfunctions. Some of the most common causes of escalator accidents that our firm has seen over the years include the following:
- Electrical malfunctions
- Escalators reversing and going the wrong way
- Broken handrails
- Missing foot brushes
- Broken or missing comb plates
- Loose screws
How do I know who is responsible for an escalator accident?
When an escalator accident occurs and someone is injured, they are seldom the party responsible for the accident. This is why if you’ve been hurt on an escalator, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help you heal. The first part of a personal injury claim is determining the liable party, and in the case of escalator malfunctions, this could be a variety of people. For example, in some cases, escalator malfunctions occur because of a negligent escalator design, or when escalator parts are improperly manufactured and installed. If you were injured because of a negligent design or manufacturing process, we will file a product liability claim.
In other cases, escalator accidents can happen when the party who owns the escalator fails to have it adequately maintained or serviced. As long as you can prove that the property owner either knew or should have known about the unsafe escalator conditions (such as failing to have it inspected regularly) and you were injured and incurred significant damages as a result, you should have a claim. If you believe you have a valid personal injury claim, you should speak with a competent attorney as soon as you can. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is three years, giving you only three years from the date of your accident to sue. Give us a call today so we can get started.
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Our entire legal team is dedicated to providing the advice you need and the personalized attention you deserve. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, call 212-421-0300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a New York City personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to financial compensation, which can help you on your road to recovery.