Were You Injured On An Elevator, Escalator Or Moving Walkway?
The malfunction of an escalator or elevator while in use can cause serious injury or wrongful death. Business owners, repair companies and building owners are required to properly inspect and maintain safety regulations of their elevators and escalators.
Escalator accidents are not uncommon events. Thousands of people are injured on escalators every year. Most accidents do not require emergency room treatment. Most injuries sustained from escalators occur when hands, feet, or skin get caught in moving parts causing bruises. Elevator cables sometime break sending passengers plummeting to the bottom of the elevator shaft.
Slip and fall accidents commonly occur on escalators when they are not properly maintained. The manufacturer of the escalator, property owner, and third parties are responsible to service the equipment and provide safe operation of the escalator. People who have been injured by an escalator can claim damages and receive compensation for financial loss and suffering.
Common Injuries From Elevator And Escalator Accidents
Common injuries and fatalities occur when an elevator:
- Falls – the cable breaks and plummets passengers
- Gets stuck
- Suddenly jerks and stops
- Suddenly jerks and speeds up
- Abruptly stops between floors
Common injuries caused by escalators and moving walkways include:
- They stop abruptly
- Surfaces get wet and fall-down injuries occur
- The metal teeth grab hold of fingers, toes or clothing
Elevators and escalators are both parts of our daily lives. Skyscrapers, sports stadiums, apartment building, malls, schools, hospitals, airports and hotels all use elevators and escalators to transport persons. Most people do not even think of the danger when they step onto an elevator or escalator.
Aggressive Representation Throughout Oregon And Washington
If you have been injured on an escalator, elevator or moving walkway, make sure the matter has been reported to the business and contact Case & Dusterhoff, LLP, for a free consultation to discuss the matter. Call our Beaverton office at 503-607-8218 or 800-658-0167 today. You may also complete a brief online form.