Elevator and Escalator Accidents in Virginia and NC

Elevators and escalators are common in the workplace, in shopping malls, in apartment buildings, sports stadiums, and virtually any place people work, shop, live, and even play. They’re wonderful conveniences, but there are numerous dangers associated with these devices that can cause serious injuries, permanent disabilities, and even death.

Some of the most unfortunately common causes of elevator and escalator injuries include:

  • Falls (slips and trips) when getting into or exiting an elevator. These can occur because the outside floor is not properly level with the inside of the elevator.
  • Doors that do not close properly causing someone to lose an arm or a leg.
  • Elevators that suddenly drop causing passengers to fall or to be thrown into the walls or other passengers.
  • Escalators that move too fast or too slow causing users to lose their balance. They may not have proper warning signs if they’re out of order.
  • Freight elevators have additional hazards because they’re usually manually operated and because the freight can cause harm in addition to any injuries caused by the elevator itself.

Common Injuries

Sadly, there are a number of different injuries that individuals can sustain because of elevator or escalator accidents. These include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Bruising of the hands, fingers, and arms
  • Accidental amputation
  • Head / brain injuries

What to do if you’re injured

  • Your primary task is to get medical help as soon as you can.
  • You should report the incident to the owner of the premises.
  • Seek legal counsel to make sure you don’t settle any claims prematurely. You may have a claim against the manufacturer, maintenance companies, the building owner, or others such as the company that installed the elevator or escalator.

How our firm can work on your elevator or escalator claim

Elevator and escalator accidents can cause serious and lasting damage, and if you were injured on an escalator or elevator through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for compensation from the responsible party. At Joe Miller Law, Ltd., attorney Joe Miller has experience helping people just like you take action after elevator and escalator accidents, so contact him today by calling (888) 694-1671 and learn more about the legal options that are open to you.