Escalator Malfunctions: A Moving Staircase Holds Hidden Dangers
On the surface, escalators can seem to be a welcome alternative to taking the stairs. But an accident on an escalator can cause catastrophic injuries or even death in ways that can be hard to forget. Overuse, faulty maintenance or design, or a lack of inspections can all lead to tragic consequences, bringing out the destructive capacity of an escalator. Suddenly, what may have been intended as an innocent day at the mall or a routine commute to work can become a life-changing, or even life-ending, event. Elevators can speed up unexpectedly, or a limb can become trapped in the machinery; open or loose grates at the top of an escalator can even swallow a person up.
At Colley Shroyer & Abraham, our experienced attorneys take escalator malfunction accidents seriously, and we hold manufacturers and operators responsible for injuries caused by their negligence. To speak with one of our Columbus, Ohio, attorneys about what happened to you, call our office at 877-450-2697 or use our email form to open lines of communication.
Proving Negligence Is Key
When a person is injured in an escalator accident, injuries can be severe and can include amputations and even death. Those injuries are likely apparent to anyone and are usually not in dispute. What is in dispute in these cases, however, is who is to blame. Absent an obvious malfunction caught on tape – which does happen sometimes – an attorney will need to show that an owner/operator, designer or manufacturer of an escalator failed to protect the safety of the rider. This process may involve conducting an investigation and interviewing witnesses, bringing in outside experts and obtaining inspection records. At Colley Shroyer & Abraham, our accomplished and experienced lawyers are dedicated to fighting tirelessly on your behalf to obtain the compensation you need to recover from an accident that wasn’t your fault.
The First Step Is Your Free Initial Consultation
When you’re injured, we know that the thought of paying a lawyer can seem overwhelming and unrealistic. That’s why we work on a contingency basis. This means that you owe us nothing until we recover money to help you pay your medical and other bills. We’re ready to talk today: call us at 877-450-2697, or use our online contact form to start the process.