Elevator and Escalator Accidents
Almost all multistory commercial properties have elevators or escalators so that people visiting the property can quickly and easily access the higher floors. While these machines are incredibly useful and helpful when working properly, they can also serve as a significant safety hazard if they malfunction. Sadly, most elevator and escalator accidents occur because of property owner negligence and could be prevented if owners were more diligent in making sure necessary maintenance is performed.
Common Problems with Elevators and Escalators
Elevators and escalators are in widespread use across the United States, making it easy to assume that these machines are safe. However, because of the stress put on escalators and elevators on a daily basis, they require regular, thorough inspections to pinpoint and repair potential issues. Some of the common malfunctions that can lead to elevator and escalator accidents include:
- Worn belts
- Loose or missing components
- Lack of safety catches or stops
- Electrical malfunctions
- Pulley system failures
- Failure to post warning signs or weight limits
Elevator and escalator accidents can result in a variety of serious injuries, from accidental amputations to spinal cord damage. Rather than carrying the heavy burden of treatment costs alone, you may be able to seek compensation from the person or party at fault for the malfunctioning elevator or escalator that caused your accident.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in an elevator or escalator accident, contact the experienced attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP, today at 615-277-2765 to learn more about your legal options and right to financial compensation.