Escalators are used every day, usually without consideration of being involved in an accident. However, they can be dangerous machines that pose a threat to those who use them in the event that they are improperly made or maintained. If an escalator malfunctions, it can cause serious accidents that can lead to injuries such as broken bones, crushed limbs, and brain injuries. If you have been injured in an escalator accident, it is important to contact a skilled Connecticut personal injury attorney for assistance.
What Causes Escalator Accidents?
Large, complicated machines such as escalators can become hazardous if they are not produced correctly and looked after. For example, if a manufacturer is negligent during production and makes mistakes, the escalator can malfunction later on. In addition to this, routine inspections of the escalator must be conducted. This ensures any dangers that arise can be caught and fixed in time. If these are missed or looked over, the machines can be at risk for malfunction, leading to accidents and injuries.
Common Types of Accidents
If an escalator is not up to standard, the people who use them can be put in danger of being involved in an accident. Some common examples of accidents that can happen include:
- Between-step entrapments
- Gaps and spaces
- Inadequate lighting
- Loose or missing screws
- Improperly working emergency buttons
- Faulty handrails
- Missing steps
- Electrical or mechanical malfunctions
- Design flaws
- Finger entrapments
How Do I Recover Compensation?
If a person wants to pursue legal action after an accident, they can do so by filing a personal injury claim. During this time, they must prove negligence. If successful, compensation may be awarded as coverage for any damages that occur due to the accident. This can include the following:
- Cuts and bruises
- Torn ligaments
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Joint injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken bones
What is the Statute of Limitations?
It is crucial to not wait too long after an accident in order to pursue legal action. This is because there is a statute of limitations, otherwise known as a deadline, that must be met in to file a personal injury claim. If the deadline is not met, the injured party may lose their right to compensation. In the state of Connecticut, the statute of limitations on filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the injury.
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Marc N. Needelman is an experienced attorney working throughout the state of Connecticut. If you need an attorney who is ready to fight for the financial compensation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact us to set up a free initial consultation. Our firm deals with matters relating to real estate, personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning, and more.