Elevator and Escalator Accidents
Typical problems contributing to escalator-related accidents and injuries include:
- Missing or broken steps
- Wide gaps between steps and escalator side walls
- Broken tracks
- Missing or loose parts
Injuries caused by elevators can occur because of such factors as:
- Poor maintenance
- Mechanical failures that cause the elevator to drop
- Doors that malfunction
- Control systems that don’t work properly
- Wiring malfunctions
- Lack of inspections
- Repairs performed improperly
Across the U.S., an estimated 900,000 elevators transport people in residential and commercial buildings, hospitals, schools, and other venues. According to the safety organization Consumer Watch, 20,000 Americans ride on elevators in a year’s time, and elevator passenger trips number about 18 billion. Escalators are far fewer in number – about 35,000 nationwide, providing faster movement for visitors in commercial buildings, airports, hospitals and other settings. Consumer Watch estimates escalator passenger trips at about 105 billion per year.
While both elevators and escalators offer relatively safe and efficient means of transportation within buildings, Consumer Product Safety Commission research reports that escalators cause about 6,000 injuries to Americans every year, while elevators injure more than 10,000 people yearly. If you or someone you care about is hurt in an elevator or escalator accident, you’ll want to join informed injury victims in Naples, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach in choosing representation by Attorney Gregg Hollander and his team at the Hollander Law Firm.
For nearly two decades, the Hollander Law Firm has been a respected leader in the South Florida legal profession. Based in the Boca Raton area, knowledgeable escalator accident attorney Gregg Hollander is an experienced advocate for injury victims and has successfully recovered compensation in even the most complex personal injury and wrongful death cases.
In the U.S., escalators typically transport about 12,000 people yearly, moving them between the floors of a multi-story building or conveying people from one point to another on the same level. The latter type is sometimes referred to as moving sidewalks. While the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports few fatalities related to escalators (about 2 per year), the roughly 500 injuries per month that occur on the devices can leave victims with serious wounds and long-term health issues.
When riders are hurt on escalators, the most common mishap involves clothing becoming caught in moving parts of the device. Because of their smaller size, young children may be especially susceptible to injury on escalators when their hands, fingers, or feet slip into gaps and become trapped. Escalator injuries can leave victims with deep gashes causing serious scarring, musculoskeletal injuries that can interfere with movement, head injuries capable of causing lasting brain damage, internal organ injuries and other traumatic physical injuries.
Boca Raton escalator accident lawyer Gregg Hollander and his staff have seen similar kinds of life-altering injuries occur when elevators malfunction or equipment fails. Falls are a common issue related to elevators, as is the risk of damage to limbs when hands, arms, legs or feet become trapped between elevator cars and shafts. Few experiences are as upsetting as sustaining a severe injury. At the Hollander Law Firm, our professional staff knows that, and we are sensitive to your needs.
In Gregg Hollander, residents of Naples, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and other South Florida communities find a veteran personal injury attorney who has dedicated his career to seeking justice for his clients. The Hollander Law Firm’s services have brought peace of mind to thousands of injury victims, and our personal approach to each case means that you receive the full attention of Attorney Hollander and his team of legal, medical, investigative, and other professionals. Whether your claim can be resolved through negotiation or requires litigation, the Hollander Law Firm has the resources and the determination to achieve a positive outcome for you and your family.
Call today to schedule a free consultation with an escalator accident lawyer in Boca Raton. We can help you with injuries sustained in elevator or escalator accidents, medical malpractice events, defective product use, motor vehicle accidents, or other circumstances. Our firm is at your service, and you pay no fees unless we make a financial recovery for you.