Escalators may not seem dangerous, but there are a number of ways for an accident to occur. Read on to learn more about escalator accidents in New Jersey and what to do in the event of an injury.
How do Escalator Accidents Occur?
The majority of escalator accidents are due to factors such as:
- 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 Types of Injuries are Sustained as a Result?
Some of the most common injujries sustained as a result of an escalator accident include:
- Broken bones
- Cuts and bruises
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Joint injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Torn ligaments
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. In order to do this, be sure to:
- Call 911
- The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more.
- Document the scene
- While waiting for the ambulance, take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Obtain witness contacts
- If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. Ask for their name and contact information.
- Obtain medical documents
- Seeking medical attention can provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents. This can play a large role in a personal injury case.
- Contact an attorney
- An experienced personal injury may be able to obtain further proof of negligence, including security camera footage, police reports, and more.
File Your Claim on Time
In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to file your claim on time. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident.
If you have been injured in an escalator accident, reach out to our firm today to discuss your case.
Contact our Firm
We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.