New York City Escalator Accident Attorney

Escalators are a huge aspect of commerce in Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and other areas around NYC and are frequently found in hotels, malls, airports, office buildings, and department stores.  However, an escalator accident may occur as the result of lack of maintenance, defective equipment, escalator steps that are slippery, and for other reasons – even clothing items that may be pulled into the recess area or snagged by loose metal teeth.  Regardless of how it happens, those who are injured are urged to contact New York City escalator accident attorney Jay D. Jacobson immediately.  It is important to seek capable legal counsel at once so that work can begin to determine if you may be eligible for compensation.

New York City escalator accident injury attorney

Escalator accident – Trip on escalator, slip, fall or dragged on escalator in building foyer, transit installation, shopping malls, retail stores and sporting arenas, airports and other municipalities in New York City, Long Island, Westchester

Escalator Accident Statistics

It may come as a surprise to learn that the first operational escalator was installed as an amusement ride in Coney Island in 1892.  However since that time, escalators have become a method of transportation for getting from one floor to another in structures all around the U.S.  How many people are injured each year in escalator accidents in the U.S.?  According to the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information), approximately 10,000 individuals end up in emergency rooms across the nation each year as a result of injuries sustained while riding an escalator.

As of 2011, there were about 33,000 escalators operating in the U.S.  No doubt that number has increased over the past four years, however the number of injuries that occur as a result of riding an escalator is far greater than those that occur on elevators.

Common Injuries that May Result from an Escalator Accident

There are countless types of injuries that may be the result of an accident involving an escalator, however those most common include:

  • Crush injuries
  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Loss of a toe or finger
  • Broken bones
  • Back, head, or spine injuries
  • Hip injury
  • Dislocation
  • Nerve damage
  • Sprains and fractures

Some accidents can result in fatal injuries, or even injuries that cause disfigurement or permanent scarring.  Any type of injury can be costly in terms of medical expenses, lost wages, the effect on your earning potential, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.  Depending on the extent of your injury, you may not be able to perform daily tasks or activities that were once easy.  Serious injuries can have a devastating impact on your life, not to mention your finances.  Those who are responsible for maintaining escalators or even their design may be liable for costs related to your injuries.

Contact The Law Office of Jay D. Jacobson PLLC Now

Like elevators, escalators must be properly maintained and regularly inspected in accordance with the state’s building codes and regulations.  However, those responsible often neglect these duties, which can result in serious accidents with injury.  The financial costs can be devastating for a victim, who may be unable to work and live a normal life, or require future treatment or rehabilitation.  There is a Statute of Limitations law in New York, which means you have a limited window of time in which to file a claim.  Whether you have had an accident in Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, Long Island, or Brooklyn contact escalator accident attorney Jay D. Jacobson immediately for unsurpassed legal guidance and support.

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