Nobody thinks twice before boarding an escalator. You step on, and then you step off. Unfortunately, it is not always so simple. If you have been injured in an escalator accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of any damages you have incurred. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the claims process:
What causes escalator accidents?
Escalator accidents can happen for any number of factors, though some of the most common causes include missing comb plates and foot brushes, missing steps, loose screws, faulty handrails, design flaws, and electrical malfunctions.
Am I eligible for compensation after an accident?
To win financial compensation, you will have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, you must first determine whether you are filing a premises liability lawsuit or a product liability lawsuit. If you are suing because of a defective escalator part, then you will file a product liability lawsuit. On the other hand, if you are suing a landlord, maintenance company, or another type of property owner, you will file a premises liability lawsuit. To win a premises liability lawsuit, you will have to prove that the property owner either knew, or should have reasonably known about the problem and neglected to have the issue fixed in a timely fashion and that you were, therefore, injured as a result of this negligence.
To prove a personal injury claim, your attorney will work to recover security camera footage of the accident as it happened, police reports of the incident, medical documentation detailing the extent and origin of your injuries, witness testimony, pictures of the unsafe conditions that caused your accident, and more.
What is the statute of limitations for premises liability claims in New York?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is three years. This means that you are granted three years from the date of your accident to sue a negligent party. If you wait any longer than three years, you will most likely be denied your right to compensation. Do not let this happen. Our firm has helped clients recover the compensation they need to ease their way through the road to recovery for years. Do yourself a favor and put our experience to work for you.
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