Defective Escalators

Georgia Escalator Injury Lawyer

Approximately 10,000 people are injured each year in escalator accidents, the majority from falls, according to the National Library of Medicine. Hand and foot injuries, including partial amputation or degloving injuries are the most common cases we handle.

Escalators have connected steps and risers made of metal that transport people up and down between floors using motorized power. At the end of each escalator, the steps appear to disappear into the floor. A metal plate, called a comb plate, covers the end and beginning of these steps. Injuries typically occur when parts of the victim’s body, clothing or packages get caught in parts of the escalator. This is called entrapment.

Typical escalator injuries include:

  • Elderly passengers often slip and fall resulting in injury;
  • Children can get their fingers entrapped in handrails;
  • Feet and hands can get caught in the comb plate, resulting in entrapment;
  • Hair, clothing, shoes and shoelaces become caught between the moving parts;
  • Abruptly stopping, starting or shifting resulting in injury; and
  • Sudden collapse or mechanical failure of the entire assembly.

Escalator entrapment injuries range from cut and bruises to dislocations and fractures. Due to the large and heavy moving metal parts, injuries can involve traumatic crushing injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), amputations, and death. Our firm primarily handles serious injuries involving escalators.

Maintenance of escalators so they do not cause injury or deaths is an important responsibility. If you or a loved one has been injured in an escalator accident, contact the Wetherington Law firm for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.

Causes of Escalator Injuries

Since escalators are in constant motion, defects can cause serious injuries. Most escalator injuries are due to:

  • Design defects
  • Failure to warn that escalator is not working properly
  • Failure to follow building codes
  • Failure to follow escalator laws and regulations
  • Overcapacity
  • Failure to maintain and inspect the escalator
  • Negligent repairs
  • Panels incorrectly replaced after repair or maintenance
  • Missing or loose screws
  • Missing or broken steps
  • Missing teeth from the escalator track
  • The empty space between the steps and walls can create tripping hazards or result in feet being stuck in the gap
  • General mechanical malfunctions

Compensation for an Escalator Accident

Serious escalator injuries can be very costly. There are many factors and expenses involved in determining damages (the monetary value) for your injury.

The types of damages you can be awarded include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain management
  • Assistive devices
  • Physical Therapy
  • Lost wages/ Job loss
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Assisted living
  • Home renovation
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disability
  • Embarrassment
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Other injuries

For more information on how damages are determined in personal injury cases, see our Damages article. See our series of articles on personal injury law procedures if you are interested in learning more about this legal process.

Who is Responsible for Escalator Accidents?

Every accident is different. Determining responsibility for the accident depends on the individual circumstances of each case. In escalator accidents, the following types of individuals can be found to be responsible for these accidents:

  • Building owners
  • Escalator maintenance companies
  • Escalator design companies
  • Escalator manufacturing companies

It can be challenging for victims to locate enough information to determine the causes of escalator malfunctions leading to injury. It’s important to locate all the records related to the escalator for several years prior to the accident. These records include details about any other accidents, all maintenance reports and any information on recalls for parts. Georgia requires state inspections of escalators twice a year. These records usually provide an accurate history that can reveal defects, improper maintenance and other issues.

Hiring an Escalator Accident Injury Lawyer

Escalator accidents are typically due to another party’s negligence. Responsible parties can include property managers, property owners, the manufacturer or the person responsible for maintaining the escalator. Other types of escalator injury lawsuits include strict liability and failure to warn causes.

Personal injury law is complex. The only way to ensure you receive all the compensation you deserve is by hiring a lawyer to protect your rights.

Insurance company representatives are not your friends. Attempting to deal with an insurance company on your own often has disastrous results. Insurance companies hire skilled negotiators as adjusters who are very good at convincing you that they are on your side and are offering you fair compensation for your injury. This goes for both your own insurance company and the insurance company of the other party involved in your accident. Don’t fall for it.

Anything you say to an insurance company representative can be used against you later. Do not talk directly with the representatives of any insurance companies that may contact you.

Determining who is responsible for accidents is a complicated process. There are often intricate paper trails and complex legal principles involved. And, time is of the essence. Evidence can disappear and there are deadlines to meet in order to file a lawsuit.

The first step is to meet with an experienced escalator accident lawyer to discuss the facts of your case. They will help you determine the range of damages you could receive if your lawsuit is successful. Next, they will begin the process by putting their talented legal team to work. This team will:

  • Investigate the details of your accident.
  • Secure evidence by gathering police reports, ambulance reports, fire department reports, interviews with personnel on the scene, and photographs.
  • Scrutinize medical records.
  • Speak with medical experts to determine the seriousness of your injury and the extent of future medical costs.
  • Hire accident experts to determine the cause of the accident and the responsible party.
  • Negotiate with insurance company representatives.

Skilled legal assistance will determine the responsible party and pursue your compensation claim so you can focus on healing and moving forward in your life. We maintain the highest standards of care for our clients and do not confuse our clients with complicated legal jargon. Best of all, our representation does not cost you any out-of-pocket money. We only get paid if you receive compensation for your injury.

How the Wetherington Law Firm Can Help

The Wetherington Law Firm holds owners and manufacturers responsible for negligence and product defects. Moving on with your life after an injury is a challenging adjustment. Don’t be overwhelmed. With proper help and support, you can move forward. Life is different after an accident. The Wetherington Law Firm is here to help. We care about your complete recovery – physically and mentally. Our skilled team of escalator accident lawyers, paralegals, investigators and medical experts provide skilled and caring assistance. We are dedicating to achieving the best possible recoveries for our clients. We are here to help you through this traumatic experience, so you do not have to deal with additional stress and hassle during your recovery. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

You Can Make a Lasting Difference in the Lives of Others by Hiring the Wetherington Law Firm

Obtaining full and complete compensation for our clients is the most important service we provide to our clients. Protecting the general public and making sure that other people are protected is part of obtaining justice. We frequently work with law enforcement, local government officials, state legislators, and federal agencies to understand the root cause of dangerous conditions. This often leads to uncovering dangerous trends or patterns of behavior that must be changed. Many of our clients have chosen not to be defined by their injuries, and instead choose to serve as a beacon of hope to others. Whether through legislation, refusing to settle unless changes are made, or simply sharing their story, our clients’ efforts have helped save MILLIONS of people from serious injury or death. If you can help prevent even one other person from being hurt or injured by the same problem, it will help make every day of your recovery a little bit better. We care about you as a person and will work with you however you want to help make the world a safer and better place. Call us now to get started.

Protect your rights after an escalator injury.

Personal injury law is complex. The only way to ensure you receive all the compensation you deserve is by hiring a lawyer to protect your rights. Insurance company representatives are not your friends. Attempting to deal with an insurance company on your own often has disastrous results. Insurance companies hire skilled negotiators as adjusters who are very good at convincing you that they are on your side and are offering you fair compensation for your injury. This goes for both your own insurance company and the insurance company of the other party involved in your accident. Don’t fall for it.

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