Could Businesses Be Doing More to Prevent Escalator Accidents?

Posted on February 20, 2017 at 12:00pm by

Photo of family huggingThe Press of Atlantic City recently featured a story about an escalator accident that involved a 7-year-old boy getting his foot stuck in an escalator at a shopping mall. Per the report, while riding the escalator, one of the boy’s feet was dragged into the gap between the edge of the escalator and the step he was standing on. As the escalator continued to move down, the boy’s foot was trapped. The injuries to boy’s foot were so severe that doctors were forced to amputate the toes on the foot. As of this writing, his family has filed a premises lawsuit against the mall and the escalator manufacturer. The suit claims the incident and the boy’s injuries are the result of the mall and manufacturer of failing to properly repair and maintain the escalator.

Types of Escalator Accident Injuries

Escalator accidents can happen for several reasons, including but not limited to the following:

  • Improper Maintenance – Escalators are complex pieces of machinery. If they are not properly inspected and maintained regularly, their parts can breakdown due to wear and tear, which can lead to accidents and injuries.
  • Defective Design – If an escalator is poorly designed, this can result in parts wearing down more quickly or even suddenly, which can result in the escalator malfunctioning and injuring people.
  • Missing or Defective Parts – If an escalator is missing parts, such as safety guards or panels necessary to prevent passengers from getting their hands or feet stuck, then it can lead to accidents and injuries. In addition, if a part of an escalator is defective, it could lead to the escalator operating improperly. An example would be if a product defect led to an escalator stopping suddenly while carrying riders. This could lead to passengers falling and injuring themselves.
  • Improper Installation – Even if an escalator is properly designed and contains no defective parts, if those who install it do so incorrectly, it can still result in the escalator breaking down and injuring riders.

People who are injured in escalator accidents and the families of those who are the victims of fatal escalator injuries have options to hold those responsible for their pain and suffering accountable. Pursuing a personal injury claim against the facility where the injury occurred or suing the manufacturer of the escalator can enable victims and their families to bring negligent businesses to justice and recover financial help for medical costs, rehabilitation, lost income (including projected future earnings) and funeral expenses.

Our New Jersey personal injury law firm has been defending the rights of injury victims and their families in Atlantic City, Cape May and throughout New Jersey for years. We have a history of securing favorable verdicts and settlements for our clients, including $4.5 million for a child who suffered permanent disfigurement because of an accident involving defective steps.

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