Many of us step onto escalators at office buildings, shopping centers, hospitals, hotels, and airports with no problem. Unfortunately, many people are injured—sometimes catastrophically—in escalator accidents every year. When this happens, there could be a number of parties liable for compensating the victim, depending on the cause of his accident.
Ways Escalator Accidents Happen
Escalator accidents happen in three main ways. These include the following:
- Slipping or tripping that causes the person to fall
- Falling over the escalator handrail
- Becoming entangled in the escalator
Common Causes of Escalator Accidents
Business and property owners are required to regularly inspect and maintain their escalators. Unfortunately that does not always happen, and accidents are the result. Common problems with escalators that cause these accidents include:
- Steps that are missing or broken
- Broken or unstable handrails
- Loose or missing screws or other parts
- Defective or missing teeth
- Comb plate problems
- Too much space between the stairs and the sides of the escalator
- Inadequate or no maintenance and repairs
- Improper installation
- Sudden stops or changes in direction
Who Is Liable in Escalator Accidents?
Depending on the cause of the escalator accident, more than the business or property owner could be liable for compensating the victim. The following parties could also be responsible:
- Repair and maintenance companies. If the escalator was in disrepair and this led to the injury, the party responsible for keeping it in good condition could be held liable.
- Inspectors. If a safety inspector failed to identify defects or repair issues and someone was later injured due to the flaw, he or his employer could be held responsible.
- Equipment or parts manufacturers. If a defect in a mechanical part contributed to the escalator accident, the manufacturer could be held liable.
If you or a family member was injured in an escalator accident, you could have suffered tragic injuries like traumatic brain injury, skull fracture, amputation, broken and fractured bones, and back and spinal injuries. At Jones Wilson Injury Lawyers, our experienced attorneys are here to help you obtain the compensation you could be entitled to. Call us at 866-299-0558 to schedule a free evaluation of your case.