Escalator Accident Lawyers
According to Consumer Watch, U.S. escalators make 105 billion passenger trips per year. The vast majority of these escalators are located within commercial, retail, and public buildings such as airports and hospitals. Just like elevators, the building owners are responsible for maintaining, inspecting, and ensuring that the escalators are safe. If an escalator malfunctions and someone is hurt or killed, the following may be held liable: the building owner, maintenance company, and/or escalator manufacturer.
Common escalator defects and malfunction
Escalators speed up our ability to get from one point to another in a building, but they may also cause injury or death if they are defective or not properly maintained. Defects associated with escalators include:
- Broken or missing steps
- Excessive space between the moving walk area (the steps) and the escalator sides
- General malfunction
- Loose or missing screws
- Missing teeth on the escalator track
Accidents that may result from escalator malfunction include:
- Between-step entrapment
- Comb plate entrapment
- Finger entrapment (particularly with children)
- Personal effects such as hair, clothing, or shoes becoming lodged in the escalator
- Slip and fall accidents, particularly with elderly passengers
If you or a loved one have suffered an escalator accident injury, you shouldn’t have to deal with all of the legal headache. Don’t hesitate to contact our team today by filling out our form or calling 1-800-590-4116. We are hard-working lawyers for hard-working people.