Los Angeles Escalator Accidents
Escalators can cause severe injury despite being in many malls and stores. Escalators are enclosed moving staircases. These machines have moving waist-high guard rails at the sides. Owners and operators of escalators are common carriers under California negligence law.
Because of this, operators and landlords have a higher standard of legal care. They must assure sure things are in working order. With about 30,000 escalators in the country today, there are as many as 575 million passengers every day.
As such, approximately 11,000 people suffer injuries on escalators each year. About 27 deaths take place annually from these machines. Our skilled attorneys at the Ehline Law Firms stand up for victim’s rights. Also, we work our hardest to assure they get the best care.
With the higher standard, negligent parties owed a duty to stop the escalator. In fact, they could place an “out of order” sign and use the motionless escalator as ordinary stairs.
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In other words, belts, grates, trusses, tracks, steps, and handrails of the moving staircase can cause a deglove or amputation. Our knowledge of the mechanics of the machine and the case study to make your claim more effective. Reach us at (888) 400-9721 for a free consultation.
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The liability for such a severe accident falls on the building owner or manager. They are responsible for the safe usage of the machine and the proper maintenance thereof. If it is unsafe, then it is so for the public and tenants. Airports also use escalators and similar horizontal system for fast transport.
These machines must have handrails that keep pace with the conveyors or steps. This for people to balance while moving. Malls will commonly use the large staircase type escalators. Sometimes condos, apartment complexes or smaller retail spaces maintain escalators.
These areas have high pedestrian traffic. So these include stadiums, airports, train stations, and the like. In subways, even spiral and tube style escalators are utilized. When multiple people get involved in maintenance, the owner or manager is responsible for the utmost diligence. No matter what, they make sure that it is up to safety code.
When there is an accident, the owner or manager remains liable for negligence. Also, these remain complicated cases. Also, they require the steady hand of a skilled attorney, such as those at the Ehline Law Firm.
Owner and operators remain obligated by law to keep escalators safe. Often, human error is to blame for such an error. Sometimes they are caused by mechanical problems or poor maintenance. These can cause failures that can cause stops that jolt riders, including those not holding onto the railing.
Sometimes escalators face fires, due to overheating, flammable lubricating oil, or poor sprinkler devices. Also, this can lead to the “trench effect.” So damaged and worn equipment must get updated and fixed. However, when not done, severe issues follow.
There are cases when the grated metal stairs have gaps. These gaps can cause skin and clothing to become caught. Injuries are especially hard with cases involving children. Also, this can cause severe foot, hand, or other injuries. Ailments include avulsion and amputation.
- Improper belt and parts.
- Improper repairs and maintenance.
- Jarring and jolting stops that are sudden.
- Missing protective railings and side panels.
- Entrapment of feet, tennis shoes, digits and so forth, in “side traps.”
- Improperly tightened parts, broken, damaged or missing comb plate teeth.
- Attractive nuisance.
Unfortunately, children are at higher risk for injury, especially those that see escalators as a toy. When children misuse the escalator or are out of their parents’ supervision, severe injury can result. One of the most common injuries is due to a side entrapment hazard.
Children lean on or stand closer to the plexiglass or metal paneling as they grab onto the rail for support. Also, fingers get caught, or skin gets ripped off in the rail belts. Also, shoes or shoestrings could become nabbed in the step grates. In fact, even with parental supervision, this remains possible.
Each year there are thousands of accidents involving escalators that cause severe injuries, most commonly those with the hand or foot. Also, cases of severe head trauma, knee injuries, fingertip injuries, or others remain avoided-able with proper maintenance.
First thing first: find immediate medical care. After this is completed, you must sit down with an accredited injury attorney to go over your legal rights. This will include taking pictures of the scene, gathering witness statements, filing a notice of defect or claim, and other elements. Call the police. Also, fill out an incident report. In fact, make sure that all safety regulations get carried out.
It is important not to wait in a case like this. There could be multiple liable parties and waiting out the statute of limitations could kill your case. A skilled attorney is vital to getting your life whole again.
An experienced legal team by your side can make all the difference. So now you have help organizing a proper claim for the court. In fact, lawyers make sure negligent parties remain liable. The attorneys will gather proper evidence.
Also, they will file your liability insurance claims, In fact, they also contact the insurance companies. Also, attorneys can determine if the escalator was faulty or recalled. The right attorney is vital in court. The Ehline Law Firm has won in hundreds of cases, winning millions in settlements for our clients.
Also, we are experts at helping them patch their lives back together facing medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, medicine, and more. Call us today at (888) 400-9721 for a free, no-pressure consultation.