Representing Elevator, Escalator And Moving Sidewalk Injury Victims
During an average year, many South Jersey residents and visitors use elevators, escalators and even moving sidewalks, rarely thinking about their potential to do incredible harm to the people who ride them. Riders expect that these devices will work properly and that those whose job it is to maintain them will keep us safe and out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, elevators and escalators often malfunction causing serious injuries to their passengers.
At Garber Law, our firm represents the victims of elevator, escalator and moving sidewalk accidents who have suffered severe injuries as a result of moving equipment malfunction. We will work to hold the property owners and manufacturers accountable for not taking proper steps to ensure that the people using elevators or escalators are safe and secure at all times.
Typical Elevator/ Escalator Injuries
While elevators and escalators make our lives more convenient, using them isn’t without risk. Some of the injuries common to elevator and escalator accidents include:
- Loss of fingers, toes or limbs
- Broken fingers, toes or limbs
- Nerve injuries
- Head trauma
In some rare cases, a serious accident can cause a fatal accident. If the wrongful death was the result of a malfunctioning or dangerous machine, we strive to hold the responsible party accountable.
Causes Of Elevator, Escalator And Moving Sidewalk Injuries
Our firm has seen cases of severe elevator, escalator and moving sidewalk injuries occur in office buildings, airports, apartment buildings, shopping malls, schools, hotels, hospitals and other commercial residential buildings. These accidents can be caused by:
- Loose escalator steps, which can cause clothing, fingers or toes to become caught and injured
- Jammed or malfunctioning elevator doors
- Elevators floors that aren’t level with the nonelevator floor / mis-leveling
- Floor and step hazards on elevators and escalators
- Strained elevator cables
- Broken elevator brakes
- Wet surfaces
- Electrical faults
- No way to stop the device
- Faulty design specification
- Unexpected movements
Often, elevator and escalator accidents are caused by faulty equipment that has not been regularly inspected and maintained. Since elevators and escalators, especially in high-volume areas, are frequently used and transport thousands of pounds at a time, this regular maintenance is crucial in preventing elevator and escalator accidents.
How Garber Law Can Help
In any case, it is important for you to get the compensation you deserve or the damages resulting from elevator or escalator accident. Garber Law was founded in 1986 and has been helping the New Jersey and Pennsylvania victims of personal injury, including elevator and escalator accidents since then.
Get A Free Consultation
If you’ve been hurt because of an accident using an elevator, escalator or moving sidewalk, contact a personal injury lawyer at Garber Law today to make an appointment for a free initial consultation. We have evening and weekend appointments available and will also make off-site and hospital visits.