Elevator and Escalator Injuries
Elevators and escalators are common and convenient means of transportation in both public and private spaces. Unfortunately, injuries and other kinds of accidents do occur on elevators and escalators and can result in expensive medical costs or even death. It is the responsibility of the property owner to keep machinery in the proper condition through maintenance and upkeep. When an incident occurs, the law requires the elevator or escalator be taken out of service temporarily. In some cases, property owners will continue to run the elevator or escalator, resulting in more injuries.
Safety violations such as these are serious offenses with serious consequences. If you or someone you care about sustained an injury on an escalator or elevator due to the negligence of the property owner, you deserve compensation for your suffering. Our team of elevator and escalator injury lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm wants to help relieve your pain by providing the legal help you need.
Types of Elevator Injuries
Once an elevator or escalator injury has occurred, you should immediately report the incident to government officials. An investigation into the incident will then take place in order to determine the cause and legal responsibility of the accident. If officials delay the investigation or the investigation is insufficient, a qualified legal representative becomes all the more important. Common accidents can include:
- Elevator doors closing too quickly
- Falling due to the elevator opening not being level with the outside floor
- Sudden rise or fall of the elevator box
- Missing tiles on the escalator track
- Loose or broken pieces on the escalator or elevator
Maintenance is important for any type of equipment and it is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain elevators and escalators. Elevator and escalator inspections should occur regularly and be documented well. If you or someone you know was injured on an elevator or escalator, examining the frequency of elevator or escalator inspections as well as the inspector’s findings can provide an opportunity for compensation. Additionally, if inspections did not occur regularly or properly, you deserve compensation for the property owner’s neglect.
Contact an Elevator and Escalator Injury Lawyer
Escalator and elevator accidents are frightening. If you or someone you love has suffered because of an injury resulting from negligent upkeep of an elevator or escalator, you deserve compensation for your pain. In order to get the full amount you deserve, you need an experienced lawyer with knowledge about these types of cases. At the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, our passionate team of injury lawyers will work tirelessly to fight for you and your loved ones. Please call our New Jersey offices today at to discuss how we can best serve you.