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What Should I Do If My Loved One Is Killed in an Escalator Accident?

Per the Tribeca Patch, the family of the woman who died in an escalator accident while inside the Oculus, which is the World Trade Center’s transportation hub, is considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the Port Authority. We reported on the Oculus escalator accident in February. The woman was killed when she fell off the escalator while reaching for her sister’s hat, which had just fallen. After falling off the escalator, the woman fell another 30 feet before crashing on the main concourse. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Why Is the Family Considering a Lawsuit? The Port Authority owns and operates the Oculus facility. The family has hired an attorney to investigate the incident to determine whether negligence led to the woman’s death. If so, the family could hold the Port Authority accountable for their loved one’s death. However, the Port Authority…
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How Common Are Escalator Accidents and Injuries?

When people think of escalator accidents and injuries, they often view them as freak occurrences that could never happen to them or their loved ones. However, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ), people may be much more likely to be the victims of escalator injuries than they realize. Do Escalator Accidents Happen More Often Than People Realize? Recently, a series of escalator accidents grew by one when an escalator in Hong Kong malfunctioned, injuring 18 passengers. The incident in Hong Kong comes in the wake of a 2-year-old girl severing her finger after falling down an escalator and an escalator accident where a woman was killed after falling off the World Trade Center’s Oculus. The fact that so many escalator accidents have been making headlines recently should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the AAJ’s data on these incidents. For instance, accord to the AAJ, statistics…
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What Should I Do If I Suffer an Injury While Riding an Escalator?

Recently, tragedy struck when a 2-year-old girl was injured while riding an escalator. According to KIRO-TV, the girl fell down as she descended the escalator. Before she could get back up, her finger was severed. A technician was able to recover the toddler’s finger and she and the finger were rushed to the hospital for reattachment. What to Do If You or a Loved One Is Injured While Riding an Escalator It is the responsibility of property owners and managers to ensure that those they invite into their facilities are safe from accidents. In addition, manufacturers can be held accountable if a product defect leads to an injury or death. Therefore, if you or someone you love is injured while riding an escalator and your injury was the result of improper maintenance, poor design, a lack of safety warnings, incorrect installation or a defective part, you may be able to…
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