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Escalator Accident Causes

Many escalator accidents occur when a person riding it slips and falls or when people's feet and shoes get entrapped. If the stairs are wet or slippery, it is easy to trip on a fast-moving escalator. In addition, many accidents happen when the stairs are moving too fast, not giving riders sufficient time to exit. Sometimes the cause of the accident is a mechanical defect and worn, damaged and faulty equipment. If an escalator collapses, it can pull a rider into its machinery causing severe injuries and even death.

Inspection of the escalator may be difficult due to its design. Escalator rollers are not easily accessible. This means that less effective techniques are often employed in lieu of physical inspection. As a consequence, reliability is reduced, and the potential for accidents is greatly increased. In some escalator accident cases, the escalator "ingested" riders' shoes and pains causing them to fall. If a person falls right at the exit of the escalator, the rider behind is likely to fall too. This can lead to many people piling up on top of each other.

Who is Liable for Your Injuries?

The answer to this question depends on the cause of the escalator accident. If an escalator-related accident is attributable to the fault or negligence of the building owners and managers whose responsibility is to make sure that all escalators are properly maintained and always safe for use by tenants, employees and visitors, then the injured party can file a personal injury claim against the owners and the managing companies. Under Pennsylvania law, any negligence by passengers will be considered contributory, and will reduce the money damages of the injured party. If contributory negligence is greater than the negligence of the person causing/responsible for the accident, the injured party may be prevented from recovering any money damages. In the event that an escalator accident was caused by a manufacturing defect or a design defect, the manufacturer and any party responsible for the manufacture, design and installation of the faulty escalator or its parts may be held liable for damages.

In most escalator accident cases, the primary liability falls on the building owners who should have made the utmost diligence in securing the safety of the escalator installed in its establishment or premises. If you have been injured while riding an escalator and want to recover money damages for your losses, contact the Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia escalator accident lawyers, for your free consultation. To establish the primary liability of the building owners, operators or managers, you need the help of an expert escalator accident attorney who has experience litigating escalator accident cases. The Lassen Law Firm has helped hundreds of injured people get compensation for their injuries. Call the Lassen Law Firm now to see how we can help.

Personal Injury Lawyer Pennsylvania

If you have been injured in an escalator accident, help is available. The Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia personal injury lawyers, will gladly discuss your escalator injury case with you. We are one of Pennsylvania top personal injury firms who has been helping people sustaining various types of personal injury receive financial recovery. Our dedication to getting you the highest settlement is what sets us apart from other firms. We fight aggressively for our clients' rights and leave no stone unturned to achieve the best result. Most of the personal injury cases the Lassen Law Firm handles settle in preparation for trial. We are a team of experienced trial lawyers who will gladly take your personal injury case to court and litigate it before a jury. Our willingness to take several alternative venues in achieving the best result is what our clients value the most.

Most escalator accidents fall under premises liability area of law, meaning that the owners of the premises where the escalator is located are liable for the injuries sustained by customers, invitees, guests and sometimes trespassers. Often, escalator accidents may be caused due to a mechanical defect in the escalator itself. In such a case, product liability law governs. Proper investigation in the cause of the accident and the circumstances surrounding it is necessary in order to determine how to handle an escalator accident case to achieve the highest recovery. At the Lassen Law Firm, we are a team of legal experts in various areas of personal injury law. If you have our attorney work on your side, you may rest assured that we will get you the highest compensation available under the law.