Escalators are about as common as department stores are, so it’s no wonder why nobody stops to think about them. However, escalators are highly technical, massive pieces of machinery, and if they are either poorly manufactured or maintained, accidents can occur. These accidents are unexpected and sometimes have horrible results. This is why most people who have been in escalator accidents pursue financial compensation to help ease the burden of their medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. If you have been injured in an escalator accident, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What causes escalator accidents?
Escalator accidents can be caused by several different factors, depending upon the specific scenario at hand. Some of the most common causes of escalator accidents are as follows:
- Gaps and spaces
- Missing steps
- Overcrowded escalators
- Between-step entrapments
- Escalators reversing direction, resulting in a pileup
- Finger entrapments
- Missing foot brushes
- Improperly working emergency shut-off buttons
- Faulty handrails
- Electrical or mechanical malfunctions
- Missing comb plates
- Inadequate escalator lighting
- Loose or missing screws
What injuries do escalator accidents cause?
Some of the most common injuries sustained as a result of escalator accidents are as follows:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Joint injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Torn ligaments
- Broken bones
- Cuts and bruises
How can I recover compensation following an accident?
To recover financial compensation for an escalator accident, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, you will have to gather sufficient evidence to do so, which is why you should contact an experienced attorney who can present the most convincing case possible. Your attorney may obtain security camera footage of your accident, which would, in effect, prove your claim. You and your attorney may also use witness statements, police reports, and medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries to prove your claim.
What is the statute of limitations in Connecticut?
The statute of limitations in Connecticut is two years, which means you have two years from the fate of your accident to file a lawsuit against a negligent party. Failing to do so will most likely result in you being denied the financial compensation you may truly need. Do not let the insurance companies get away with this. Contact an attorney as soon as you can.
Contact our experienced Connecticut firm
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.