Elevator And Escalator Injuries: Not As Rare As You Think

Last year in Portland, a man was seriously injured when he fell two stories onto the floor of an elevator shaft after the doors opened without the elevator being there. According to statistics gathered by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, in 2012, an estimated 22,674 people were injured in elevator and escalator accidents, with about 10 percent of those injuries resulting in hospitalization or death.

Causes of elevator and escalator accidents

Most elevator-related injuries occur when the car plunges suddenly or when the door opens above or below the proper floor level.  Escalator injuries usually result from items of clothing (e.g. shoes or long skirts) getting pulled into the mechanism at the top of the escalator.

Factors to consider in elevator and escalator accidents

Injuries in escalators and elevators raise several questions in determining liability for the accident:

  • Were there defects in the elevator or escalator?
  • Was the elevator or escalator properly maintained?
  • Was there any notice of previous problems?
  • Was there a valid inspection sticker?
  • Did the responsible party properly inspect the elevator?

To recover damages for elevator or escalator injuries, you need a Salem premises liability attorney who knows how to work with engineers to determine what went wrong and who was at fault. The attorneys at Harris, Wyatt & Amala have the experience needed to ensure you obtain the best possible results.

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