According to estimates by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are more than 20,000 people injured every year in elevator or escalator accidents. Many of these injuries are serious. In fact, an average of 30 people lose their lives each year in elevator or escalator accidents.
The Causes of Elevator and Escalator Accidents
Elevator accident injuries typically result from:
- Failure to maintain an elevator, or improper maintenance
- Design or installation errors
- Elevator drops caused by faulty cables or machinery
- Elevator doors opening at wrong time
- Elevator cars stopping above or below a designated floor
Escalator accidents can be caused by:
- Negligence in the design, manufacture, maintenance or installation of an escalator
- Broken, missing or defective parts in an escalator
- Sudden stops
Seeking Compensation for an Elevator or Escalator Injury
A claim for losses suffered in an elevator or escalator accident is typically based on a theory of premises liability. Under the law, the owner or operator of a residential or commercial building has a duty to maintain the premises so as to minimize the risk of injury to visitors. This requires that the owner monitor the condition of any escalator or elevator, perform all required or necessary maintenance or repairs, and close down access to an elevator or escalator when there are known problems.
Elevator or escalator injuries may also result from the presence or use of dangerous or defective parts, or from improper installation, design or manufacture. In this instance, the appropriate course of action to recover compensation is to file a product liability claim against designers, manufacturers, wholesalers or retailers of defective products.
Contact the Law Offices of J. Lewis & Associates
To discuss your legal needs with an experienced Riverside elevator / escalator accident injury lawyer, contact our office online or call us toll-free at 1-800-228-0507. There is no charge for your initial consultation. Se Habla Espanol.