Using an escalator may not appear to be dangerous. In reality, an escalator is a large and complex machine and when a system fails, can cause very serious injuries. If you have been injured in an escalator accident, call The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC for a free case evaluation.
At The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, our goal is to provide aggressive and effective legal representation in personal injury cases of all types, including escalator accident injury cases.
Escalators that have not been properly installed or maintained pose a risk of causing serious injuries to the general public. If you have been injured in an escalator accident, our experienced Brooklyn personal injury attorneys can help you:
Escalators are universally popular, and often the main method for moving from one floor to the next. In malls, stadiums and public transportation, escalators are far more ubiquitous than stairs or elevators. New York City has an estimated 70,000 elevators and escalators. A range of mechanical defects can cause serious injuries to escalator users, including:
An article published by the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine reveals that an estimated 10,000 escalator accidents are reported in the United States each year. According to the study, the majority of these injuries require medical care. Common escalator accident injuries include:
Property owners are responsible for ensuring the escalators on their property are functioning correctly, well-maintained, and safe. Escalators must be adjusted, worn parts replaced, and correctly maintained so that clothing, body parts, or other objects do not get caught in between stairs and on the sides or landings. Property owners or managers must ensure that all mechanical parts of escalators are functioning as intended.
New York City building codes specify that property owners must pass inspection upon installation of the escalator and have it periodically inspected to ensure it passes safety standards. If the property owner has been negligent in their duty to provide a safe escalator to move people up and down floors, they may be held liable for any injuries resulting from negligence.
Call the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC today and speak with a lawyer experienced in handling escalator-related injury cases for a free consultation.