What Elevator and Escalator Incidents Constitute a Lawsuit?

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Elevator and Escalator Accidents 

Elevators in the U.S. make approximately 18 billion passenger trips each year, and escalators make an incredible 105 billion trips according to Consumer Watch. .Each year, approximately 27 people are killed in elevator accidents, with around 10,000 individuals experiencing serious injuries. Escalators are safer, with the average number of serious injuries estimated to be around 7,000. On average, only five people are killed each year due to escalator mishaps.

When Can an Injured Party File a Lawsuit for an Elevator or Escalator Accident?

While elevator and escalator accidents are not frequent occurrences, they can lead to severe injury and death. Most of these accidents are linked to negligent maintenance or defective parts.

Premises liability law exists to protect the rights of individuals who become injured on another’s property. Property owners and managers have a duty to ensure that anyone who visits their property remains safe. This means keeping the premises free of any known hazards and includes properly maintaining any equipment that is used by visitors.

Property owners, managers, and repair companies can all be held responsible for failing to properly maintain the equipment if a serious accident that leads to injury or death occurs. Additionally, elevator and escalator manufacturers can be held responsible if the equipment was inherently faulty.

Getting Stuck in an Elevator

You can file a lawsuit if you became stuck in an elevator and you were injured. Furthermore, you must be able to prove you were injured. For instance, if you have a medical condition and it was made worse by the incident. The best way to find out if you have a legitimate claim is to speak with a knowledgeable Joliet premises liability lawyer. 

Shea Law Group

If you or someone you care about has been injured in an escalator or elevator accident, we encourage you to discuss your legal options with one of the qualified Joliet personal injury lawyers from Shea Law Group. Our experienced legal team has handled countless premises liability claims and have extensive experience handling these types of cases. While you focus on healing, we are prepared to help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

Give us a call at (877)-365-0040 or fill out a contact form online. We never charge a fee unless we win a settlement for you, so there is absolutely no risk. Book your free, no-obligation consultation today.

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