Birmingham Elevator and Escalator Injury Attorneys
It rarely crosses one’s mind when stepping onto an elevator or escalator, there is a risk of injury. These devices have become firmly entrenched in our world and most people will never suffer harm while riding them. However, not everyone is so lucky and more than a thousand people are injured annually in elevator and escalator accidents. Whether the elevator or escalator accident is the result of a person’s negligence or the negligence of a property owner, severe injuries are at risk.
If you have suffered an injury caused by a defective or malfunctioning elevator or escalator, we can help you to seek the financial compensation that you may be due. To learn more about your legal rights, contact the Birmingham elevator and escalator injury attorneys of Yearout & Traylor, P.C., at 205-414-8160 today for a free consultation.
Causes of Elevator and Escalator Injuries
Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to these accidents, through no particular fault of their own. When a property owner fails to ensure that proper warnings are posted or that these devices are adequately maintained, the consequences can be disastrous. The following sources of elevator and escalator danger may warrant the pursuit of legal action:
- Missing escalator steps
- Failure of detectors intended to prevent doors from closing on an individual
- Open elevator shafts
- Slip and falls due to a failure to clean spills on escalators
- Failure of support cables
- Entrapment between the escalator staircase and the floor due to an excessive gap
Legal responsibility for these accidents may lie with the elevator manufacturer, the contracted maintenance company, or the property owner.
If you or your loved one has been hurt in an elevator or escalator accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Contact the Birmingham elevator and escalator injury attorneys of Yearout & Traylor, P.C., by calling 205-414-8160 to learn more in a free consultation.