In cities and towns filled with tall buildings, New Yorkers are constantly riding elevators and escalators. People with physical disabilities often depend on them to move from one floor to another. Most individuals trust that elevators and escalators are safe to ride and will not cause them harm. Unfortunately, this is not always true, especially when they are improperly designed, poorly maintained or certified inspections are not performed or done improperly. The result can be serious injuries and even fatality.
Most injuries and fatalities caused by elevator accidents occur when an elevator:
- Falls or drops
- Doors fail to open
- Stops in an improper position, causing a step-up or step-down when entering or exiting
- Stops suddenly
- Speeds up suddenly
- Stops between floors
Injuries caused by escalators and moving walkways usually occur due to:
- Sudden stops
- Wet or slippery surfaces which cause the rider to slip and fall
- Loose or missing metal teeth , making it more likely for them to hook on to clothing, fingers, and toes
- Improper installation, including missing parts and side panels
Injuries and fatalities from elevator or escalator accidents can result in hardship for individuals and their loved ones due to medical and hospital bills, the inability to work and perform their usual family obligations.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an elevator or escalator accident, don’t wait! ARDITO LAW FIRM, P.C. works with qualified experts, such as engineers, who can give scientific testimony that relates to your accident when necessary.
It is essential that you contact ARDITO LAW FIRM, P.C. as soon as possible following an elevator or escalator accident, which can be an invaluable step in preserving evidence that can be crucial to your case.
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