Elevator & Escalator Accidents in New York

New York City is famous for its massive skyscrapers that stretch towards the sky. Because these buildings are so immense, they require many elevators and escalators so people can get from one floor to another. Many people use these machines every day and often do not think of them as dangerous. However, accidents can happen if they malfunction. Malfunctions can occur if they are not properly taken care of by those whose job it is to do so. If an elevator or escalator is defective, it can cause major injuries. If a person is injured because of a defective machine, it may be a result of negligence. If you were injured in an elevator or escalator accident, it is important to seek legal representation.

When elevators and escalators are not properly maintained and kept in good condition, it is possible for them to experience malfunctions. This can happen because of design defects or mechanical errors. In order to prevent these accidents, the machines must undergo regular inspections so all problems can be addressed and fixed. This ensures that they are safe for people to use. If those who are responsible for providing this care fail to do so, people can become seriously injured if a malfunction occurs. It is also possible for this to happen with chair lifts and moving sidewalks. Those who are injured in these accidents can suffer from injuries that impact the rest of their life. This may include crushed limbs, broken bones, and traumatic brain injuries.

Premises Liability

Property owners have an obligation to provide a safe premises for those who come on their property. If they fail to do so, the owner could be responsible if someone becomes injured on their property. There are some cases in which a property owner can liable for an injury that occurred as a result of their negligence. Premises liability laws protect injured people when these accidents happen. In order to have a case against a property owner, the injured individual is required to prove the owner knew, or should have known, about the condition that harmed them and did nothing to fix it.

Product Liability

There are other cases in which a property owner is not at fault for a person’s injury. In such cases, the manufacturer of the machines could be responsible. Elevators and escalators having countless moving parts that have to be made and put together correctly in order for the machines to work. When mistakes happen or if a manufacturer cuts corners while producing these machines, they can become defective and hurt people. In the event of this, product liability laws protect those who are injured. If a manufacturer acted negligently in production, they may be held responsible for any injuries that occur as a result.

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If you or someone you know has been injured in an escalator or elevator accident, contact the Law Offices of George Poulos today.

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