Most people do not consider the possibility of being injured on an escalator. This is fair enough, given the fact that statistically, the chances of an escalator accident are fairly slim. However, no matter how rare, they happen, and when they do, people are very often injured as a result. If you were someone who was injured in an escalator accident, then there is a very good chance you are now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What are the most frequent causes of escalator accidents?
Escalators, though we take them for granted, are complex machines, composed of hundreds of working parts. However, if they are not properly kept, accidents will often occur. Some of the most common causes of elevator accidents are as follows:
- Finger entrapments
- Missing foot brushes
- Gaps and spaces
- Missing comb plates
- Inadequate escalator lighting
- Loose or missing screws
- Improperly working emergency shut-off buttons
- Faulty handrails
- Escalator design flaws
- Clothing or limbs getting snagged by machinery
- Escalators reversing direction
What injuries have recovered compensation in the past?
Some of the most commonly sustained injuries in escalator accidents are as follows:
- Joint injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Torn ligaments
- Cuts and bruises
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken bones
How do I recover financial compensation following an escalator accident?
If you are seeking financial compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, this is oftentimes easier said than done, so you must hire an experienced attorney who has what it takes to present the most convincing case possible.
How do I prove another party’s negligence?
Fortunately, there are several actions you may take to prove your personal injury claim. For example, you may recover security camera footage of your accident as it happened. You may also present pictures of the safety hazard that caused your injuries, medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries, witness statements, police reports, and more.
What is the statute of limitations in Florida?
The statute of limitations in Florida is four years. This means you have four years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you fail to do so, you will most likely be denied the financial compensation you deserve.
Contact our experienced Florida firm
Cressman Law Firm, P.A. is committed to collecting compensation for personal injury victims in Winter Garden and the surrounding areas. If you have suffered an injury at the hands of a negligent party, we are here to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Please do not hesitate to contact our experienced firm today.