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Escalator Accidents

Escalators are used everywhere in New York, from airports to corporate offices and shopping malls. They provide customers with convenience, but when accidents occur, victims can be seriously injured or killed. Most escalator accidents are caused by defective parts, a failure to monitor the escalator, and other types of negligence.

When clothing or body parts become stuck in the moving teeth of the escalator, or when victims fall off or into the escalator, they can suffer catastrophic injuries. If you or your loved one have been seriously injured or killed in an escalator accident in New York, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Attorney Michael LoGiudice Is prepared to review the facts of your case and help you understand whether you have a valid claim for damages. He will pursue the most compensation possible for your claim.

Thoroughly Investigating Your Case

If you or your loved one have been injured in an escalator accident, you may be wondering what to do next. After you receive medical treatment, speaking to an attorney is essential. Your attorney can help you ensure that you receive the proper medical treatment you need while pursuing compensation for your injuries. Two main ways to recover compensation after an escalator accident are a personal injury lawsuit and an insurance claim.

Who Is Financially Liable for Escalator Accident Injuries?

Multiple parties could be held legally responsible for motorcycle accident injuries. when you meet with an attorney, your attorney will be able to review the facts of your case, gather evidence, and determine the most strategic way to pursue compensation for your injuries. Victims of escalator accidents may have a right to file a claim for damages from one or more of the following parties:

  • The escalator manufacturer
  • The manufacturer of the  shoes or clothing that became caught in the escalator
  • The building owner or other party responsible for maintaining the escalator
  • The property owner or renter who failed to provide warnings to customers about escalator risks or failed to maintain the escalator

Property owners must ensure the escalator has been inspected according to federal and state law. If you were injured in an escalator accident on someone else’s property, you may be able to hold the property owner or renter liable for your injuries. If they fail to maintain their escalator or warn you of its dangers, they may be financially responsible for your damages. They may cut corners and save money by not paying inspectors to come out regularly and inspect their escalators. 

Alternatively, the escalator may have been inspected. Still, the property owner failed to follow through and ensure the escalator received the necessary repairs and was in a safe working condition. Maintenance companies can be liable when they fail to identify safety hazards or fix them effectively and correctly.

A third party may be responsible for the escalator accident in other cases. Suppose a customer is about to enter an escalator with her five-year-old child. A group of rowdy young adults run onto the escalator, crowding and pushing the boy over the side of the escalator. The mother may hold the responsible parties liable for their reckless behavior in that case. Manufacturers can be held liable when they defectively design an escalator or when they negligently manufacture escalator parts, causing an accident to occur.

Seeking Compensation After an Escalator Accident

Escalator accidents can cause severe injuries that require hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical treatment. Some injuries may even exceed $1 million in medical expenses over a person’s life. Pursuing a claim for compensation can help you recover the current and future medical costs you’ve incurred because of your injuries. You can also recover compensation for your loss of income and loss of earning potential if you’ve become disabled because of your injuries. Victims are also entitled to pursue compensation for the pain and suffering caused by their injuries.

Pursuing a Wrongful Death Claim After an Escalator Accident in New York

Due to escalators’ height, accidents on or around them are likely to result in fatal injuries. In some cases, the steps on an escalator are not secure. A victim could step onto the escalator and fall through the shaft, which can result in serious injuries. 

Victims, especially children, can suffer fatal injuries when they become caught in between an escalator sidewall or stair after their clothing or shoes become stuck. In some cases, victims fall off of the escalator after leaning too far over the side. Small children and elderly individuals are more likely to fall off of escalators and suffer fatal injuries.

If you have lost a loved one in an escalator accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the liable party. Although nothing can bring your loved one back, we’re covering damages that can help you hold the party responsible for your loved one’s death accountable and help your family move forward financially. 

In New York, the spouse, parent, or personal representative of the deceased individual’s estate can bring a wrongful death claim. Family members can recover economic damages for their loved one’s lost wages and employment benefits, funeral and burial expenses, and expenses for the pain and suffering the deceased individual suffered before their death. New York state does not limit the amount of damages that can be awarded for pain and suffering in a wrongful death claim.

Discuss Your Case with an Escalator Accident Attorney in New York

Attorney Michael LoGiudice, LLP understands the devastating impact escalator accidents can have on individuals and their families. He has the experience and resources to investigate your escalator accident and gather evidence thoroughly. While you focus on your recovery, he will handle every aspect of your claim, including aggressively negotiating with the insurance company or defendant for you. Contact Michael LoGiudice, LLP, to schedule a complimentary case evaluation and learn more about how we can fight for your rights. 

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