Frequently Asked Questions
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What are the most common injuries suffered by elevator or escalator accident victims?
- Brain injuries
- Crush injuries
- Electric shock
- Fracture bones
- Head injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Spinal cord injuries
What are the most common causes of elevator and escalator accidents?
- Improper installation, maintenance, or inspection
- Equipment defects, such as faulty wiring, doors, malfunction of pully systems, mechanical breakdowns
- Poor or inadequate fall protection
How often do elevator or escalator accidents happen?
According to national statistics, more than 17,000 people are injured each year in elevator or escalator accidents. Approximately 40 victims die each year. Half of these fatalities are employees who install, maintain, and repair these devices.
What type of damages can a victim of an escalator or elevator accident collect?
A victim of this type of accident can pursue damages for:
- Diagnostic testing (X-rays, MRIs, scans, etc)
- Emergency room care
- Physician appointments
- Medical devices, such as crutches, braces, wheelchairs, etc.
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Treatment for emotional injuries, such as PTSD, anxiety, etc.
- Lost income if unable to work while recovering
- Reimbursement for home help and/or childcare
- Pain and suffering
What are common causes of escalator or elevator accidents?
Some of the more frequent causes we see here at our personal injury firm include the following:
- Bad wiring
- Disregard of appropriate repairs
- Failure to perform regular inspections
- Inadequate emergency call system
- Maintenance by unqualified workers
- Malfunction of the mechanical system
- Malfunctioning buttons
- Malfunctioning or broken door
- Misalignment of the mechanical system
- Overweight load
- Poor design
Who is liable for an escalator or elevator accident?
When a victim is injured in an escalator or elevator accident, there are several potential parties who could be liable, including the property owner, the maintenance company who is responsible for the escalator or elevator, or the manufacturing company. There could be even more than one liable party.
What are common injuries that occur in slip and fall accidents?
- Fractured bones
- Fractured vertebrae
- Herniated discs
- Soft tissue injuries
What are slip and fall accidents?
“Slip and fall” is a term used for a personal injury case in which a person slips or trips and is injured on someone else's property. They are also known as premises liability cases. Slip and fall accidents are usually sudden and can have a long-term or permanent impact on a victim’s life. Injuries can be traumatic and severe, and often result in a slow and painful recovery period.
What is the burden of proof in an inadequate security premise liability claim case?
The burden of proof is on the victim and their personal injury attorney to proof owner liability. The victim needs to prove that the business owner had a responsibility to take reasonable preventable measures to keep any visitors to their property and that the owner failed to live up to that responsibility.
Are there some establishments that are more likely to experience inadequate security incidents than others?
Because of the high number of people who visit these locations, there are often a higher number of inadequate or negligent security incidents:
- Apartment complexes
- Bars and nightclubs
- Daycare facilities
- Nursing homes