Escalators are all over the state of Alabama, and even if you do not use them regularly, all it takes is one unlucky split second to get injured. Escalators are very complex pieces of machinery, composed of hundreds of parts, and if they are improperly maintained or manufactured, there is a very good chance it can cause an accident. These accidents usually happen in a flash, rendering passengers virtually helpless. This is why most people injured in escalator accidents seek financial compensation to offset the burden of their lost wages, medical bills, and more. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What are the most prominent causes of escalator accidents?
- Escalator accidents can be caused by several different factors, including, though not limited to:
- 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
- Missing foot brushes
- Gaps and spaces
- Missing steps
- Overcrowded escalators
- Between-step entrapments
What injuries are escalator accidents known to cause?
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken bones
- Joint injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Torn ligaments
- Cuts and bruises
How do I recover financial compensation after being injured in an accident?
To recover financial compensation, you must first prove that you have been injured due to another party’s negligence. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help prove your claim. First, you should always hire an attorney who is ready to fight for your right to a smooth recovery. From here, your attorney will work to obtain security camera footage of your accident, witness statements verifying your claim, police reports, medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries, and more. Additionally, you should limit your social media posting, or halt it altogether, when filing a claim. Insurance companies may be monitoring your accounts to see if you post anything that contradicts your claim. If you do, they may use it against you and deny you the compensation you deserve.
What is the statute of limitations in Alabama?
The statute of limitations in Alabama is two years. This means you have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim. If you fail to do so, you will most likely be denied the compensation you need. Do not let this happen. Speak with a knowledgeable attorney today.
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