While people do not usually consider being involved in an accident when they use an elevator or escalator, these machines can actually prove to be very dangerous. This may be the case in the event that they are not produced or maintained properly. When this happens, malfunctions can occur that lead to accidents and serious injuries. This can include broken bones, crushed limbs, brain damage, and more. If you have been injured in an escalator accident, it is important to contact a skilled Alabama personal injury attorney for assistance.
What Causes Escalator Accidents?
Due to their size, complicated machinery, and common use, it is crucial that escalators and elevators are made up to standard. If they are not, they can become hazardous and malfunction. This may be the case if a manufacturer is negligent during production and makes mistakes. It can also occur if those who are required to tend to the product after it is installed fail to conduct routine inspections and do not catch problems that arise.
Common Types of Accidents
When malfunctions happen, they can cause serious accidents that put those who use them in danger. Some common examples of accidents that can happen include:
- 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
How Do I Recover Compensation?
Injured parties who want to pursue legal action after an accident can do so by filing a personal injury claim. During this time, they are required to prove the negligence of the other party. If the individual is successful, they may receive compensation for any damages that happen due to the incident. This can include the following:
- Cuts and bruises
- Torn ligaments
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Joint injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken bones
What is the Statute of Limitations?
After an accident, it is important to not wait too long to pursue legal action. This is because there is a statute of limitations in place. This is a deadline by which the injured party must file a personal injury claim. If they fail to meet the deadline, they may lose their opportunity to receive compensation. In the state of Alabama, the statute of limitations on filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the injury.
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