A surprising number of people are injured each year in the United States on escalators. Many of these victims fall and suffer serious injuries, especially if they fall over the side or down the length of the escalator. If you or a loved one fell or faced other injuries on an escalator in the Baltimore area, call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today to discuss your injury case.
If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence or the dangers of a malfunctioning escalator, you may be entitled to file an injury lawsuit against the property owner or another negligent party to seek compensation for the harms you suffered. For a free legal consultation on your case, contact our Baltimore escalator injury lawyers today at (410) 694-7291.
Common Causes of Escalator Injuries
The causes of escalator injuries vary among age groups and even by gender. There are statistics and studies available on the different types of escalator injuries and their causes, but injuries typically occur in two major ways: falls and being caught in the escalator’s moving parts.
Injuries from falls are often caused by a few factors. First, you could always be at risk of injury if the escalator is not working properly. Jerky motions or sudden stops could knock you off your feet, potentially causing you to suffer a severe fall. Second, crowded escalators and other users who fail to follow standard practices of riding an escalator could put you at risk. For instance, people running up an escalator or trying to go the wrong direction could fall and bring you down with them or knock you down. Third, intoxication is often a factor in escalator falls. Being intoxicated in public is often ok at low levels, but it may lead to injuries if you need to rely on your balance on an escalator. Lastly, many escalator injuries are caused by a fear of riding the escalator in the first place.
Many of these injuries occur for older adults and young children. These riders are not as equipped to balance and remain clear of the moving parts at the top and bottom of the escalator, and they could become caught in the ends of the track or fall. Unsafe escalator speeds, steep tracks, and crowded escalators can contribute to these issues.
Other causes of injury cover injuries to workers. Many escalator repair operators are injured each year because of the problems they are there to fix. Many times, these injuries include being trapped in the moving parts or being electrocuted by the escalator’s power supply because the escalator was not properly stopped and turned off before repairs began.
Common Injuries on Escalators
Since most injuries are caused by falls, many people suffering severe escalator injuries suffer head and neck injuries. Falling from a high height or falling down an escalator can mean striking your head and injuring your back and neck. In many cases, these head injuries can be quite severe, as the steps of an elevator are not typically made of soft materials. Bleeding in the brain and severe traumatic brain injuries can even cause death. Other injuries to the neck and spine could also cause death or paralysis.
Other injuries include broken bones. Especially for older adults, falling from any height could lead to broken bones in the wrists and arms, legs and ankles, ribs, collar bone, hip, back, neck, and head. These injuries vary from case to case, but severely broken bones could require surgery to set and repair and may lead to ongoing pain and suffering and missed work.
Minor injuries are also common, whether by themselves or alongside other more severe injuries. Concussions could be considered “minor” in many cases, but it is always important to check a concussion to make sure the injury is not more severe and that there is no bleeding in your brain. Minor injuries more commonly refer to things like bumps, scrapes, and bruises.
Injuries from being trapped in the moving parts of an escalator can include more severe cuts and lacerations. If your foot or another body part is caught in the “teeth” at the end of an escalator, you could suffer serious puncture wounds. In addition, you may suffer crush injuries and broken bones in any body part that is pinned. Severe injuries could result in traumatic amputation or require amputation later at the hospital. Getting your hair caught in the moving escalator after falling could also cause severe injuries and damage to your scalp.
Fortunately, emergency stop buttons typically located at the top and bottom of the escalator may help people avoid serious injuries, but many victims are not so fortunate. In any case, these buttons do not help avoid injuries from falls.
Suing for Escalator Injuries in Maryland
You may be able to sue the property owner, escalator manufacturer, or another rider on the escalator for your injuries. The first step in holding someone liable for your injuries is proving they were at fault for the accident. Fault can involve failing to repair or properly maintain an escalator the party owns as well as acting unreasonably or dangerous while riding the escalator, putting others at risk. Our attorneys can help you understand whom to sue for your injuries and what compensation you might be entitled to.
Call Our Baltimore, MD Escalator Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one fell or was otherwise injured while riding an escalator in Baltimore or the surrounding areas, contact The Law Offices of Randolph Rice today. Our Baltimore escalator injury lawyers represent injury victims and the family members of deceased accident victims and fight to get them the compensation they deserve for serious injuries. For a free, confidential legal consultation on your case, call our law offices today at (410) 694-7291.