Whether on your daily commute, as you stroll through the shopping mall, or on your way to a ball game, escalators are a part of life. But each time you step onto the moving platform of an escalator you are at risk of injuries. If you are a senior citizen or a child under the age of 5, your risk for being injured is greater. It’s reported each year that over 11,000 people will go to the hospital after being injured on an escalator, and approximately 30 people will die due to escalator (and/or elevator) related accidents. The majority of those injured or killed will be children or the elderly.
It’s important to know what to look out for; the defects and malfunctions below may be cause for compensation if you’re hurt. If you or a loved one has been injured or has fallen due to elevator or escalator defects or malfunctions, talk to a top Metro Phoenix escalator injury attorney at our firm immediately.
Businesses and property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that their premises are maintained. Unmarked and unrepaired property defects can cause very serious injuries. If a business or a property owner has an escalator on site, they must make sure that it is in reasonably safe condition. Unfortunately, this does not always occur. Escalator accidents are a problem in our country. According to data from The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, escalator accidents lead to approximately 10,000 emergency room trips each year. At Cluff Injury Lawyers, our top-rated Phoenix escalator injury lawyers fight aggressively to ensure that injured escalator accident victims are able to get the full and fair compensation that they deserve.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Know Your Rights
Consider us as your personal injury attorneys if you experienced an injury for any of these reasons.
- Missing teeth on the track of the escalator
- Broken handrail
- Loose or missing screws
- Excessive space or large gaps between the moving walk area and the sides of the escalator
- Broken or missing steps
- Broken or missing step demarcation lights or lines
- Finger entrapment
- Comb plate entrapment (the comb plate lies between the stationary floor plate and the moving steps on the landing platform)
- Between-step entrapment
- Items such as hair, clothing, or shoes getting “caught in” the escalator
- Slip and fall accidents
- Emergency shut-off failure
- Sudden stopping
- Sudden reversing
- Sudden increase of speed
Just like any mode of transportation, escalators should be treated with respect, and safety tips for riding an escalator should be adhered to.
Escalator Safety Tips
- Watch the direction of the stairway before stepping onto the escalator.
- Always hold onto the railing while on the escalator.
- Hold onto your child’s hand while riding the escalator.
- Do not let children sit on the steps or ride the railing of the escalator.
- Watch loose clothing that it does not get caught on steps or sides of the escalator.
- Be careful of soft-soled shoes and flip-flops (especially Crocs) when you are entering or exiting the escalator.
- Never ride the escalator the opposite direction for which it is intended.
- Be sure to step off the escalator when you are exiting, do not let your feet “slide” off the combs of the platform.
Under Arizona law, property owners have a legal duty to protect their invited guests from unreasonable safety hazards. If you were injured because of a dangerous escalator in Phoenix, AZ, you can hold the business or property owner liable for your injuries under Arizona’s comparative negligence statute (Arizona Revised Statutes § 12-2505). Of course, proving that an escalator was unacceptably dangerous can be challenging. Injured victims should always work with a top-rated Phoenix escalator accident lawyer. The quicker you get a lawyer by your side, the quicker your lawyer can start building a case on your behalf. Ultimately, you will need to be able to prove the following four things:
- You had permission to be on the property;
- The escalator was unreasonably dangerous;
- The dangerous escalator, in some manner, contributed to your injuries; and
- The business or property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous escalator, but failed to take action to fix the problem.
Escalator Accident Victims Deserve Financial Compensation
Once you prove that a business or property owner is legally responsible for your escalator accident, your claim will move on to the issue of damages. This a very important step that should not be overlooked. You can only recover money for your injuries to the extent that you can actually prove the existence and severity of those injuries. Our Phoenix escalator injury lawyers can help. You may be entitled to financial relief for:
- Emergency room medical fees;
- Any other medical costs;
- Necessary physical therapy;
- Lost current and future wages;
- Pain and suffering:
- Mental distress; and
- Disfigurement or loss of limb.
Why You Can Afford Our Arizona Escalator Accident Lawyers
If you have been seriously injured in an escalator accident, the last thing you need is more bills. Our highly qualified Phoenix escalator injury attorneys take on all claims on a contingency fee basis. That means that there will never be any upfront fees or out-of-pocket expenses for our clients. You pay nothing unless we win your case.
Contact Our Phoenix Personal Injury Attorneys Today
At Cluff Injury Lawyers, our Arizona premises liability lawyers have extensive experience handling escalator injury claims. If you were hurt on a dangerous escalator, we can help you hold the responsible party accountable.
To get a free, no obligation review of your escalator accident claim, please contact our Phoenix office today.
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