Elevator & Escalator Accidents in Pennsylvania

Elevator & Escalator Accidents in Pennsylvania

There are many people who use elevators and escalators every day. Most of the time, these machines are not usually thought of as dangerous. However, accidents can occur on either an elevator or an escalator. This may be the case if they malfunction or are not properly taken care of. In these situations, those who use them can sustain serious injuries such as crushed limbs, broken bones, and brain injuries. When this happens, victims often want to pursue legal action as justice for their suffering. This can be done with the assistance of an experienced attorney.

Common Accidents

Both elevators and escalators are complex machinery. If something goes wrong, it can cause a dangerous accident. Some of the most common accidents can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Between-step entrapments
  • Gaps and spaces
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Loose or missing screws
  • Improperly working emergency buttons
  • Faulty handrails
  • Missing steps
  • Electrical or mechanical malfunctions
  • Design flaws
  • Finger entrapments

Who is Liable?

When working to hold someone liable for elevator or escalator injuries, it is important to understand the difference between premises and product liability. There are some cases in which a property owner can be held responsible for an elevator or escalator injury if it occurred on their grounds. This is because, under premises liability law, property owners have an obligation to provide a safe premises for guests on their property. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable in the event that a person becomes injured due to their negligence. When a person wishes to prove negligence, they must show the property owner knew about, or should have known, about the hazard and did not fix it. 

There are other cases in which a property owner may not be at fault for these accidents. Elevators and escalators have numerous moving parts that must be made correctly in order for the machines to function. If a mistake is made or a manufacturer is negligent during production, the machines can malfunction and cause significant injuries. If a manufacturer is negligent, they may be held responsible for injuries under product liability law.

Recovering Compensation

If successful in proving negligence, injured victims may be able to receive compensation. This may be for the following injuries:

  • Concussions
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Torn ligaments
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Joint injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Broken bones

Contact our Firm

If you or someone you love was injured in a personal injury accident and wishes to speak with an experienced attorney, contact the Law Office of Rand Spear at 215-985-2424 for help with your case.

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