Personal Injury

Escalator & Elevator Injuries

Common in many commercial and residential buildings, escalators and elevators are responsible for a number of deaths and injuries each year. Between 1992 and 2003, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 68 deaths related to workers using elevators. In the same 10-year period, another 56 elevator-related deaths occurred for non-workers, 13 of whom were children under 10 years of age.

If you’ve been injured in an escalator or elevator accident and want to file a claim, Taylor & Taylor Law Firm is here to help. 

Escalator & Elevator Injury Accidents 101

Elevator accidents include:

  • Falls where individuals have stepped into an elevator door without an elevator car.
  • Someone has been crushed or struck by doors
  • Someone has been caught between the elevator and the door or shaft

Common causes of escalator accidents include:

  • Falls
  • When clothing is ensnared at the bottom or top of escalators or pulled into the machine; for example, a shoelace getting caught in the escalator’s “comb plate” at the top or bottom of the stairs

In escalator and elevator cases, Taylor & Taylor’s personal injury attorneys are looking for evidence of the following:

  • The elevator or escalator malfunctioned
  • The owner or operator didn’t properly maintain the machines; for example, missing teeth in the escalator comb plate, which can cause major injuries
Documentation Needed to File a Claim

While there are several documents that can be helpful when filing accident or injury claims, they vary greatly based on the type of accident or injury. Useful documentation in personal injury cases involving elevators and escalators includes:

  • Police reports
  • Photos from the scene of the accident
  • Witness statements
  • Medical records and diagnosis
  • Medical bills
Premises Liability in Escalator & Elevator Accidents

Owners and operators of elevators and escalators have a higher burden of care and are required to maintain their equipment properly. If they don’t, and you are injured as a result, they are required to compensate you for your injuries.

This falls under the umbrella of premises liability which requires those who invite the public onto their property to provide a reasonably safe environment without endangering guests with defective or malfunctioning equipment like elevators and escalators.

Why Taylor & Taylor Should Fight Your Escalator or Elevator Injury Case
  • Our experienced attorneys will build your claim by gathering evidence, proving liability, and demonstrating the full extent of your injuries.
  • We use our proven negotiation skills to bring forth a fair settlement for all of your injury-related expenses or damages and take your claim to court when appropriate.

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