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Potential injuries when escalators malfunction

On Behalf of | Mar 10, 2022 | Premises Liability

Escalators are a common sight in public places in California, and most of the time they operate without any problems. However, when there is a malfunction, it can lead to potential major injuries.

How do these accidents happen?

In many cases, escalators stop suddenly, causing people who are on them to fall. This can be due to mechanical failures or electrical issues. In other cases, the steps may start moving in the wrong direction or at the wrong speed. This can cause people to lose their balance and fall. Additionally, clothing or other items can become caught in the escalator mechanism, potentially leading to serious injuries.

What are the potential consequences of an escalator accident?

Falls from escalators can lead to severe head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and even death. For instance, if someone falls from a great height when an escalator malfunctions, they may suffer from traumatic brain injuries. If they land on their back or neck, they may suffer from spinal cord damage. If clothing or another item becomes caught in the escalator, the person can get dragged along the moving steps, which can cause extensive injuries.

Who is responsible when an escalator accident happens?

There are different parties who may be liable for an escalator accident. In many cases, the property owner or manager can be held responsible for an escalator accident. This is because they have a duty to keep the premises safe for visitors and to maintain the escalators in good working condition. If they fail to do so and someone gets injured as a result, they may bear premises liability. In other cases, the manufacturer of the escalator may be responsible if there was a defect in the design or construction of the escalator.

The consequences of an escalator accident can be devastating, both physically and financially. If you or someone you know gets injured in an escalator accident, it is important to understand the steps that you can take to protect your legal rights.

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