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Elevator / Escalator Accidents

Whether it is the moving staircases of escalators or the cars of elevators that move people up and down between floors of buildings, either form of equipment is ideally for the convenience of their users. However, when these machines are improperly maintained or inspected, it can result in devastating accidents that may cause serious injuries. Some of the most common types of escalator or elevator accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Elevator door failure or malfunction
  • Entrapment because of loose comb plates, cleats, or steps on escalators
  • Failure to maintain
  • Falls
  • Inadequate safety guards
  • Lack of inspections
  • Safety failure
  • Slippery escalator steps
  • Sudden acceleration, deceleration, or stops

The severity of the injuries that victims suffer in these accidents depends on the type of the incident. In some cases, people sustain amputation injuries such as the loss of fingers or limbs, but other more dramatic incidents can cause neck, spinal cord, or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Certain drops, falls, or entrapment can even lead to death.

Several parties may be liable for financial damages in these types of cases. Property owners can be considered negligent if they failed to have elevators or escalators inspected, or if they failed to comply with inspection requirements. Maintenance companies and the manufacturers of escalator or elevator parts can also be liable in some cases involving equipment failures or malfunctions.

Whichever party is legally liable for a person’s injuries in an elevator or escalator accident will often have an insurance company looking to pay as little as possible to resolve the premises liability claims that arise from these incidents. If you suffered injuries or your loved one was killed in an escalator or elevator accident, you should avoid speaking to any agents or representatives of insurance companies. While they may seem friendly and act as though they want to help, insurance adjusters are always looking to get recorded statements that indicate your injuries are not that serious, you are not experiencing much pain or suffering, or your own negligence contributed to or directly caused your injuries.

If you are going to have any phone conversation after an elevator or escalator accident, make it with one of the experienced West Chester premises liability attorneys from Ciccarelli Law Offices. We work as a team to determine all of the negligent parties that may be liable in your case, and our firm provides legal representation on a contingency fee basis so you do not have to worry about paying us anything unless we get you financial compensation.

Let our premises liability lawyers review your case during a free legal consultation by calling (610) 719-3190 right now. We serve communities throughout Chester County, Lancaster County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County, and Montgomery County.