Elevators and escalators are an integral part of our lives. They enable us to travel up and down the floors of large buildings with ease. They help the handicapped and elderly live in relative independence, without hindrances to services and opportunities that otherwise would have been inaccessible to them. But elevators and escalators are not without their danger.
Elevators can drop unexpectedly, causing passengers to fall against the walls or onto the floor. Their doors can close unexpectedly, trapping a person, or the person’s hands, arms, feet and legs in them. The cars can stop out of alignment with the floors, causing a risk to trip and fall.
Escalators also have their drawbacks. They can stop suddenly, throwing a passenger to the floor. The grated stairs or riding surfaces catch footwear, clothing, bags or other articles, causing a person to fall or even worse: get drawn underneath and into the gear assemblies that propel the escalator. Hands and fingers can also get caught in the belts that run along the handrails.
Property owners and landlords who operate elevators and escalators on their property are required to keep these machines in good working order to provide the safest opportunity for their visitors to use. Maintenance and repairs should be performed regularly. Warning and safety signs should be posted, and emergency provisions should be immediately available.
If you’ve been hurt by elevator or escalator, you need to know your legal rights to receive all the compensation you are entitled to. Contact the Paige Donnelly law firm. Our personal injury attorneys will promptly respond to your questions and are willing to visit you at the hospital or in your home.
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