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Elevators and escalators are modern-day marvels. They make movement so much easier and more comfortable. Imagine, you can go up several floors or cover huge distances in a matter of minutes, and all without even lifting a finger!

Indeed, we cannot imagine a world without these very convenient machineries. However, while manufacturing escalators and elevators, to be efficient in every way possible, could also break down and malfunction.

And sometimes, when these things are unable to operate as they should, tragedy happens. People get injured. And when people suffer injuries and are burdened with so much loss because of defective escalators and elevators, they should seek the help of personal injury lawyers who can help them seek compensation for damages.



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Certainly, going through the experience of an elevator accident is indeed a traumatic event. Also, aside from dealing with the trauma, you need to face realities such as physically recovering from any injuries or afflictions from the accident. And then, you also have to deal with real-world problems. For example, paying for the bills that are stacking up–whether it’s for your medical treatments or repairs.


But in reality, not everyone has enough money to be able to deal with the effects of an elevator accident without processing their claims with their insurance company. Also, another sad fact of the reality is that dealing with insurance companies can be a burden, as well. In fact, the process of reimbursing victims for their losses with your insurance can be tedious with complications.


Also, a great help with all these complications is hiring a good elevator accident attorney with enough professional experience. And you may think you don’t need one because you don’t expect to go to court, but representing you in court is not the only thing a workplace attorney can do for you.

 Furthermore, one of the major actions your elevator accident attorney can do is negotiate with the insurance company. And whether it’s having discussions with your or the other driver’s insurance company, having someone knowledgeable about the elevator accident law can help you get the right compensation for you. Also, having someone you can rely on to discuss legal matters lessens the additional pressure. And minimizes the anxiety of having to deal with matters you are not familiar with.


Nonetheless, as an attorney, he or she can represent you in court, should your elevator accident escalate to that. But, before that even happens, it’s better that you already hire a personal injury lawyer to help you with paperwork, negotiations, and court appearances.

How often do accidents on escalators and elevators occur?


Incidents involving escalators and elevators might seem like isolated events that sound more like horror stories than actual events. After all, they do not happen as often as car accidents or drunk driving accidents. However, these accidents could actually be pretty common. In fact, they happen quite frequently than you might think.

A study from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 17,000 individuals sustain injuries from the escalator and elevator accidents. Also worse, the most tragic accidents involving these machines lead to deaths. And with an estimation to be around 30 fatalities per year.

In fact, data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission reveal that among these deaths, elevator accidents account for about 90 percent.

What are common accidents on escalators?


According to a 2013 report from the National Institutes of Health, the most common escalator accident is from slipping and falling. Also, citing accidents caused by fellow passengers as the second most frequent cause.

To clarify, there were also accidents involving personal items getting caught in the escalator. And they are as well as those that disregard for proper use of the escalator. Reports of escalator malfunction as the least common cause of accidents.

Nonetheless, escalators that are not properly running may be from faulty tracks, electrical malfunction, damaged steps, and loose parts. And to avoid such incidents from happening, operators should regularly check their escalators frequently for proper maintenance. Also, escalators that receive heavy foot traffic might be more prone to damage and would require regular repairs. In fact, state safety inspectors also conduct annual inspections to ensure that escalators are safe to be for daily use by the general public.


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What happens in a shopping cart escalator accident?

Improperly placing shopping carts or trolleys on escalators could fall down at lightning speed, causing severe injuries. Also, there are several reports of incidents of runaway shopping carts or trolleys around the world. And they are causing physical injuries and even death.

But what is most unfortunate about this type of escalator accident is that it could be easily preventable. Also, just keep in mind that manufacturing escalators are for people to use only. And they are heavily advising individuals who ride the escalators to place strollers, shopping carts, and other kinds of luggage on escalators. Because they could easily roll off and injure people below.

What is an example of an airport escalator accident?

Airports run several stories high, and these tall buildings make use of escalators for quick movement between floors. And having that said, airport escalators are usually steep, as they cover much distance between various floors.

Also, the danger behind these escalators is when a person accidentally falls from a steep height. And these falls could lead to serious injuries and even death. In fact, people who are riding airport escalators might slip and fall. Nonetheless, the elderly are also prone to falling. And so it is advisable that their guardian or caregiver properly assist them while riding the escalator.

But even worse, unattended children could get excited at the sight of escalators and might see them as playthings, leading to child injuries. And as such, it would be prudent for parents to pay attention to their children. In fact, warn them of the dangers of falling from escalators.


What is an escalator foot accident?

Accidents involving the feet, legs, or hands could occur when riding the escalator. And such incidents usually happen when the limbs get caught in the escalator.

Also, these painful encounters could range from skin peeling off from the limbs because of friction or worse. And these are severed hands, feet, or legs as a result of being caught in the escalator.

What are the worst escalator accidents?

The worst escalator accidents are those that lead to death. And while some accidents lead to skin peeling off, tissue injuries, fractures, or dislocations. But the more fatal ones could actually cause brain injury. Also, these injuries could get more severe over time and could result in the patient’s death.

Do people get crushed by elevators?

Given the right combination of horrific factors, it is very much possible for elevators to crush people. And there have been various reports of incidents involving people getting elevators and crushing people to death.



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What are examples of dangerous elevator accidents?

Dangerous elevator accidents occur when the machines malfunction. There are many examples that could cause elevator failures. For example, faulty elevator car doors, a faulty pulley system (causing the elevator to drop at high speeds), and faulty electrical wiring (which in turn could cause the elevator to stop functioning in between stops).

Also, these types of elevators are in need of much repair and proper maintenance, so property owners should exercise due diligence in making sure that their elevators are properly working all the time. The property owner and elevator technicians should conduct frequent checks alongside inspectors from the elevator maintenance company.

Another measure that property owners could take could be to make sure that the elevator repair manual is easily accessible to the staff, with the table of contents clearly visible.

And it cannot be stressed enough that exercising due diligence in elevator maintenance should be a priority for property owners, as elevator accidents could be horrific. Body parts could get caught in between the elevator car’s doors. People could fall down the elevator shafts. Malfunctioning doors dragging Individuals. There are those who sustain injuries from sudden drops of falls, leading to death.

Where do elevator accidents usually occur?
Elevator accident cases could occur frequently on construction sites. And construction workers who install or repairs elevators are particularly vulnerable to accidents. Also, accounts for almost half of the fatalities from elevator accidents each year.

Other workplace injuries include elevator technicians who do repairs or maintenance getting caught in elevator parts. And also being in elevators that suddenly collapse.

Therefore, those who directly work with elevators seem to be most at risk for workplace injuries involving elevator accidents. However, some workers could also encounter accidents from malfunctioning elevators. For example, hospital workers such as doctors, nurses, and janitors need to use the elevator often in order to conduct their daily jobs. In fact, there have been several incidents of sustaining injuries by medical practitioners due to malfunctioning elevators.

What happens in an elevator lawsuit?

Elevator accident lawsuits seek to get compensation for victims who sustained physical injuries as a result of a malfunctioning elevator. Also, an elevator accident attorney will seek to establish that the property owner has committed negligence. And that negligence in ensuring that the machine is safe to be used by the public at all times. But an elevator malfunction could also be a result of the elevator being a defective product. And in this case, the elevator manufacturing company could be held liable instead.

For example, a technician might have been asked to conduct repairs on an elevator. And then he steps inside the elevator to conduct final checks. But he was just halfway in the elevator when the doors suddenly snap shut, with his leg caught in between. Although good thing the elevator’s power source was immediately shut down, preventing further injuries. But still, the elevator technician’s leg was fractured as a result of the accident.

And so filing a report, the technician sought compensation for the damages brought about by the workplace injury. Also, there were costly medical fees that needed to be paid. And the worker had to take several weeks off work in order to fully recuperate. But during the course of the investigation, the technician’s personal injury lawyers find out that the property owner has already been made aware, months prior. In fact, the malfunctioning elevator was in dire need of repair.

However, the owner did not want to spend on costly maintenance and repair costs from the elevator manufacturer. And in this situation, the property owner could be held liable for the elevator accident injury.

Where do elevator accidents usually occur?

Elevator accident cases could occur frequently in construction sites. Construction workers who are tasked to install or repair elevators are particularly vulnerable to accidents, accounting for almost half of the fatalities from elevator accidents each year.

Other workplace injuries include elevator technicians who were tasked to do repairs or maintenance getting caught in elevator parts or are in elevators that suddenly collapse.

While those who directly work with elevators seem to be most at risk for workplace injuries involving elevator accidents, some workers could also encounter accidents from malfunctioning elevators. Hospital workers such as doctors, nurses, and janitors need to use the elevator often in order to conduct their daily jobs. In fact, there have been several incidents involving injuries sustained by medical practitioners due to malfunctioning elevators.

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Victims of elevator accidents should also look for a passionate legal team who will help them win their courtroom battles. In fact, Roxell Richards Injury Law Firm Is an excellent law firm that has more than 17 years of experience under its belt. And it is under the helm of Atty. Roxell Richards. Certainly, an attorney with a strong reputation among personal injury lawyers in the Texas area.

Got more questions about elevator and escalator accidents? In need of a Houston elevator accident lawyer? Do elevator accident attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis? The Roxell Richards Injury Law Firm offers free case consultations. Call us now at our local phone number (713) 974-0388. Or contact us through our toll-free hotline at 1-855-GOT-INJURED for your free consultation!

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