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What to Know About Elevator and Escalator Accidents in Atlanta

What to Know About Elevator and Escalator Accidents in Atlanta

If you have injuries from an elevator or escalator accident, speak to an attorney about whether you deserve compensation for your damages. Talk to the attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C., to find out if you have cause to pursue damages for your injuries.
A person can encounter elevators and escalators every day, whether while shopping, at work, or in nearly any building. You press a button and remain confident that you will arrive there safely. You trust that the facility running the elevator conducts frequent tests and ensures a safe machine that is free of accidents. What many people don’t realize, however, is that nearly 10,000 escalator accidents require a trip to the hospital every year, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). That figure doesn’t include the people injured, harmed, or killed using elevators and other similar types of transportation machinery each year.

How Elevator and Escalator Accidents Happen

Elevator injuries usually stem mainly from maintenance problems, malfunctioning parts, and negligent actions. Many escalator and elevator accidents in Georgia include repair technicians, workers taking elevators to job sites, and crew members installing the lift itself.
Escalator and elevator accidents can injure many people, including young children and the elderly. In the same study, the NIH found alcohol intoxication and other risk factors were common causes of elevator and escalator accidents. Common elevator problems that lead to accidents include:

  • Door malfunctions
  • Sudden drops or landings
  • Entrapment within the elevator
  • Floor shifts in the elevator

Other Reasons Elevator and Escalator Accidents Occur

Elevator accidents don’t always stem from a malfunctioning part. Maintenance or construction crewmembers may be caught between parts, struck by counterweights, or fall into the shaft in an elevator. Regular passengers may also fall into a shaft, or the elevator can fall unexpectedly during a malfunction. People can accidentally have clothes or extremities catch in doors or other moving parts, which can also lead to serious injuries.
No matter the case, an injury in an elevator or on an escalator typically stems from negligence, or the act of an at-fault party failing to live up to necessary standards. A personal injury claim or lawsuit may be necessary for recovering damages.

Who Is Responsible for Elevator and Escalator Accidents?

In Atlanta, negligence is usually the cause behind accidents involving elevators, escalators, and moving walkways. To determine blame in an elevator or escalator injury, a person should contact a personal injury lawyer. The experienced attorneys at Kaufman Law, PC, will then seek evidence for a personal injury claim or lawsuit:

  • Records detailing the testing, servicing, and inspection records for the elevator or escalator
  • Records showing whether the elevator or escalator complied with city or building codes
  • Testimony or evidence that the elevator or escalator had malfunctioned in the past
  • Testimony or evidence that the building owner was aware of past malfunctions
  • Evidence that the at-fault party could have prevented the elevator or escalator accident

These findings are essential to building a case to recover damages from escalator, elevator, or mechanical walkway accidents.

Seeking Help for Elevator and Escalator Accidents

Contacting a trusted team of personal injury attorneys may result in a more favorable outcome in elevator, escalator, or mechanical walkway accident compensation claims or trials. Speak with Kaufman Law, P.C.; our attorneys offer a free legal consultation to determine whether they think you have a claim.