If you are injured in an escalator accident, you can sustain serious, life-altering injuries. Read on to learn more about escalator accidents in New Jersey and how an experienced personal injury attorney can help you.
How do Escalator Accidents Occur?
The majority of escalator accidents involve premises liability or product liability. You may have a premises liability case if your accident was caused due to the negligence of the property owner. On the other hand, you may have a product liability case if your accident was a result of design/ manufacturer negligence. A personal injury attorney will help you determine which party to hold responsible for your accident. Some of the most common ways for an accident to occur include:
- Between-step entrapments
- Missing comb plates
- Inadequate escalator lighting
- Loose or missing screws
- Escalator design flaws
- Clothing or limbs getting snagged by machinery
- Escalators reversing direction, resulting in a pileup
- Finger entrapments
- Missing foot brushes
- Improperly working emergency shut-off buttons
- Faulty handrails
- Electrical or mechanical malfunctions
- Gaps and spaces
- Missing steps
What do I do if I am Injured in an Escalator Accident?
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you need and deserve, you will have to provide proof of this negligence. You can do this by taking the following steps:
- Call 911- The police can send an ambulance, file an accident report, and more.
- Seek medical attention- Some people attempt to recover from an injury at home, but it is important that you visit the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility right away. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. This can play a large role in a personal injury case, so be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Document the scene- While waiting for the ambulance, be sure to take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. Additionally, if anyone saw the accident happen, ask for their name and contact information as they may be able to corroborate your version of events.
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you will need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Our firm will fight for you. Reach out today to discuss your case.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
If you or someone you know has sustained an injury, whether on the job, on the road, due to a medical professional’s negligence, or otherwise, our firm is here. Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC has helped countless victims of negligence over the years, and we are ready to do the same for you. Contact our firm today so we can get started.