Compensation for Escalator Injuries
As individuals move about their day, going in and out of office buildings, shopping centers, and airports, it is common to walk on and off escalators without even realizing there is a risk. After all, there are approximately 35,000 escalators moving throughout the country every day. Moving staircases can be convenient, but they can also be dangerous machines that result in injuries.
Were you or a loved one hurt on an escalator that malfunctioned in Louisiana? Share what happened, how you were injured, and what costs you have incurred as a result of the injurious event with a Shreveport injury lawyer. Together, a plan forward can be determined.
Machinery Malfunction and Maintenance Issues
There are many reasons why escalator injuries happen. Personal behavior, particularly reckless behavior, could be to blame. When a person causes the injury compensation may not be possible. But if the harm happened because of another issue, such as escalator malfunction or a property owner failing to maintain a safe environment, there could be a negligent individual or entity.
For example, an issue with the escalator itself could result in compensation from the escalator manufacturer and if the issue was with machine maintenance compensation may be secured from the property owner or manager.
Situations that have resulted in escalator injuries.
- Escalator unexpectedly stops or abruptly moves.
- Machine was installed without all of its parts or with faulty parts.
- Regular maintenance was not scheduled or a schedule was not followed properly.
- Rider shoes, sandals, or clothing catches in parts of the moving staircase.
When a person is injured, it can be very upsetting. After all, when navigating public places people are not anticipating an injury that will lead them to a hospital visit or multiple doctor appointments. If you are suffering from lost income and trying to cope with medical bills, talk to a Shreveport injury lawyer about damage recovery options.
Documentation Can Help
Of course, the first thing to do after an injury is to seek medical attention. A doctor or other healthcare professional will need to assess your injuries and develop a treatment plan. While a claim or lawsuit may not be front of mind, gathering documentation can be helpful.
The lawyers at Rice & Kendig can obtain medical records, incident reports and maintenance records for you, so you can focus on healing. Experienced attorneys know what documents are needed to strengthen your claim. For instance, photos of where the incident happened could be a way to prove a property owner was at fault. Entities and individuals that own and manage public spaces have a responsibility to maintain spaces that are not dangerous.
Were you hurt riding an escalator through no fault of your own? Talk to the personal injury lawyers at Rice & Kendig. We truly care about our clients and devote all our knowledge, skills and resources toward securing a great result every time. You do not need to navigate complicated negotiations on your own. Together, we can achieve success. Contact us today at 318-222-2772 to schedule your free consultation.