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There are an estimated 900,000 elevators in the U.S. that make roughly 18 billion trips each year, according to ConsumerWatch.com. Because there are no federal inspections on elevators like there are on cars and medicines, there isn’t a lot of published statistical information regarding the number of elevator accidents that occur. It’s likely that the number of injuries is in the thousands, though.
There’s a little more information about the accident rate involving escalators. A 2013 issue of the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine reported that there are an estimated 10,000 escalator-related injuries each year that require treatment in the emergency department.
Causes of Escalator and Elevator Accidents
Much goes into building, installing, and maintaining elevators and escalators, and mistakes can be made at any stage of manufacturing or operation. There may be manufacturing defects with certain components; installers may make mistakes; or the maintenance crew may fail to do its job properly.
Laborers in the elevator and escalator industries are highly susceptible to injuries and death due to on-the-job accidents. Roughly 20 workers are killed each year in these types of accidents, according to The Center for Construction Research and Training. For workers, the main causes for death include being caught in or between elevators and elevator shafts or other elevators, falls, being struck by objects (usually the elevator), and elevator collapses.
Below are examples of elevator and escalator accident causes.
- The pulley or suspension system malfunctions.
- The wiring is faulty or damaged.
- Broken or malfunctioning parts are left in disrepair.
- Unqualified technicians conducted inspections.
- Leaving doors opened with an open shaft.
- Using the wrong parts or making haphazard, make-shift repairs.
- Improper installation, e.g., mistakes with the operating panel.
- Escalator entrapment.
- Sudden starts and stops on elevators and escalators.
Exercising Your Legal Rights after an Injury
If you or your loved one suffered injuries because another party’s negligence led to an elevator accident or escalator accident, the state of Florida affords you the right to file a claim against the party responsible.
The first step is to determine the cause of the accident. It’s highly unlikely the building manager will disclose any information about faults with the elevator or escalator. You’ll need to enlist the help of a premises liability attorney who can help you investigate the incident. Your lawyer can speak to field experts, subpoena maintenance records and get to the bottom of the accident.
If any party -- the manufacturer, installer, maintenance company, building owner, etc. -- acted in a careless or negligent manner, you might have grounds to sue for damages. Compensable damages include lost wages, current and future medical expenses, and pain and suffering. If the case is a wrongful death claim, you also can recover financial and emotional damages related to the loss of your loved one.
You only have two years after the incident to take legal action by filing a product liability, premises liability claim or personal injury claim; so avoid procrastinating in calling a lawyer.
Contacting an Elevator/Escalator Accident Lawyer in Florida
If you or your loved one were recently hurt in an elevator/escalator accident in Florida, you’re encouraged to call the Francis Law Group for counsel. We have been serving injured people for more than 10 years, so we have developed a sizable arsenal of legal knowledge and strategies that bring about favorable results for our clients. It’s our aim to fight diligently for their rights and help them pursue the recompense they need and deserve. Feel free to peruse our testimonials.