Escalators are not an uncommon sight in New Jersey, or anywhere, for that matter. They are in supermarkets, department stores, shopping malls, and more, which is why nobody ever feels unsafe when they are on them. However, the unfortunate truth is that escalators can be extraordinarily dangerous if improperly manufactured or maintained. If you have been involved in an escalator accident, there is a very good chance you were severely injured, which is why you are now looking into recovering financial compensation. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What are the most common causes of escalator accidents?
Escalator accidents can be caused by several different 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 are the most commonly sustained injuries as a result of escalator accidents?
Some injuries that have recovered financial compensation in the past are as follows:
- Broken bones
- Cuts and bruises
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Joint injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Torn ligaments
Do I qualify for financial compensation?
To recover financial compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, this is sometimes easier said than done, which is why you should hire an experienced attorney who will aggressively fight for your rights. You and your attorney may use security camera footage of your accident, witness statements verifying your claim, police reports, and more to help win you the compensation you deserve. Additionally, you should always seek medical attention immediately after your accident, as a physician will treat your injuries accordingly and provide you with medical documentation detailing their extent, which you may also use to prove your claim.
What is the statute of limitations in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is two years, which means you have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. You must not wait. If you do, you will most likely be denied the compensation you need. Do not let the insurance companies take advantage of your situation.
Contact our experienced New Jersey 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.