Escalators and elevators are part of our everyday lives, but when an escalator and elevator accident occurs, severe injuries usually follow and in some cases they can even result in a wrongful death.
An escalator accident injury can occur when clothing, shoelaces, or limbs become entrapped in the landing grids, the steps, the skirt, or the handrail of the escalator. Once entrapped, you are often thrown down onto the floor, often resulting in fractures and dislocations as well as facial and brain injuries. Malfunctions, lack of inspection and maintenance, and lack of cleanliness are also causes of escalator injury, which can include slip and fall accidents.
An elevator accident injury can occur when the door shuts too forcefully or when the elevator itself malfunctions resulting in drops, entrapments, or electrocutions. Injuries can also occur by way of trip and falls when the elevator does not line up with the floor and there is an unexpected discrepancy in height. Slip and falls can also occur when dirty elevators aren’t inspected and maintained properly.
Whether an elevator or escalator accident, you will need an experienced, aggressive elevator and escalator accident lawyer to thoroughly investigate the accident, determine the at-fault parties, and to file an elevator or escalator injury lawsuit to get the justice and compensation you deserve. Seemingly simple cases are often complicated by the many potential defendants, which may include the designer and/or manufacturer of the escalator or elevator, the owner of the property, the lessor and/or lessee of the property, the maintenance company, and possibly others.
Furthermore, if your elevator and escalator injury occurred on public property, such as at an airport or a public building, then you will need to navigate the Government Tort Claims Act, which has special deadlines and requirements. Also, should your elevator or escalator accident occur while your on the job, such as while on a construction site, your injury will implicate the workers compensation system, which The Dominguez Firm is very adept at handling, including any necessary third-party lawsuits.
Elevator and escalator injury accidents can be quite complex and therefore necessitate a high powered law firm. The Dominguez Firm has 30 years of experience in the Greater Los Angeles area and has experienced elevator and escalator lawyers to fight for you. Please do not hesitate to call us at 800-818-1818 to speak with an elevator and escalator accident lawyer about your accident and injuries. If there is no recovery, there is no fee!