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Escalator Injuries: How Do They Happen?

If you've been injured in an accident or on the job, the attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP have the knowledge, skills, and experience required to hold the party responsible for your injury accountable.

Last Updated: 07-24-2023
Written by: Michael A. Rose and Gregory Hach

Photo of escalator Innocent people could be severely hurt or killed if an escalator is defective, poorly maintained, or unsafe. Call our personal injury attorneys to discuss financial compensation if you or a loved one was injured in an escalator accident

Some of the most common types of escalator injuries include:

Other types of elevator or escalator accident injuries could include possible entanglement injuries. These include choking hazards caused by clothing or body parts caught in machinery. People may also suffer electrocution injuries in some cases. Escalator accidents can happen anywhere, at any time.

Escalators are commonly found at:

  •  Shopping malls
  • Amusement Parks
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Office Buildings
  • Movie Theaters

An important thing that you can do after an elevator or escalator accident is to take pictures of everything at your accident scene. If there is a clear issue with the safety of an escalator or elevator, try to get as many photographs as possible of the hazard from many different angles and distances.

You need to be very careful if you are contacted by an insurance company for the negligent property owner in your case soon after your accident. Remember that all insurers are only concerned with limiting what they pay you to keep their costs low. So any agent telling you that you do not need to worry about hiring a lawyer because you will be taken care of is only trying to lull you into a false sense of security.

To determine liability for an escalator accident, your attorney must go through many kinds of evidence relating to the case. These include any security video, work records for the escalator or elevator, and inspection reports. Evidence could also include correspondence between a property owner and an elevator or escalator company, service reports, and maintenance logs.

This requires an experienced injury attorney who knows what to look for to build a strong case on your behalf. If you suffered severe injuries in an escalator accident in New York, contact Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your rights and legal options immediately.

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