It has been reported that around 10,000 people go to the emergency department due to injuries caused by escalators every year in the United States. This is a shocking number, but perhaps even more shocking is the fact that many of these injuries could have been prevented.
If you have been injured while using an elevator in a public premises, for example, in a movie theater or a shopping mall, it is important that you consider whether the premises in question could have done more to prevent your injury. If you endured pain and needed to seek medical attention, it is likely that you could hold the premises liable.
How can escalator injuries be prevented?
Premises that have escalators have a legal responsibility to do what they can in order to prevent injuries. Regular maintenance can go a long way toward preventing malfunctions of the escalator. Abrupt halts on escalators can cause people to fall and injure themselves.
In addition, premises should install the correct signage to warn people about the hazards in escalators. They should enforce safety regulations to ensure that carrying large items on an escalator is prohibited. This can increase the risk of trips and falls.
How do I know if I will be successful in filing for damages?
If an injury occurred because of poor safety regulations and damages occurred as a result, it is very likely that you will be able to make a successful legal claim. An attorney experienced in personal injury cases can provide advice and guidance if you pursue a claim.