As buildings were constructed to reach greater and greater heights, stairs become less practical and more taxing to use. Escalators were invented to address this problem, allowing riders to travel between floors of a building without having to exert as much energy as stairways would require. Unfortunately, escalators can be dangerous, especially for young children and older adults who might struggle boarding, getting off, and riding escalators. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported almost 40,000 elderly adults were injured between 1991 and 2005.
If you or a loved one has been injured while riding an escalator due to defective design, production, or inadequate maintenance, you may be eligible to pursue financial compensation through a civil lawsuit. Contact the Racine personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874.
As you are out and about with your elderly friend, elderly family member, or child, it is important to remain aware of the risk that escalators may pose to their safety. The following are some helpful tips that can prevent needless accidents and serious injury:
The most common injuries involve entrapment, but missing escalator steps have led to tragically fatal falls. Given the potential severity of an escalator accident, it is important that property owners and escalator companies are held accountable for failures.