Escalator Accidents in Florida | What You Need to Know

An escalator, marked by numerous past accidents, with glowing red lights along the edges and steps, creating an atmospheric and moody ambiance in a dimly lit environment.

There are few things more jarring than being involved in a serious accident. As you may know, accidents can happen virtually anyplace, and at any time. Unfortunately, escalator accidents are more common than you may think, and if you’ve recently been injured in one, you may now require financial compensation to heal. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys to learn more about escalator accidents in Florida and how we can help if you’ve been hurt in one:

What are the most common causes of escalator accidents?

As you can imagine, in most cases, escalator accidents occur as a result of escalator malfunctions and defects. There are a wide array of potential causes of escalator accidents, including the following:

  • Inadequate escalator lighting
  • Missing comb plates
  • Between-step entrapments
  • Gaps and spaces
  • Missing steps
  • Missing foot brushes
  • Loose screws
  • Overcrowded escalators
  • Electrical or mechanical malfunctions
  • Escalator design flaws
  • Finger entrapments
  • Defective emergency shut-off buttons
  • Broken handrails

How do I know who is responsible for an escalator accident?

If you’ve recently sustained a serious injury in an escalator accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and more. However, to recover this compensation, you and your Jacksonville personal injury attorney will have to gather and present sufficient evidence to satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim. Our firm will also assess the circumstances of your injury to determine the liable party. For example, if you were injured because of a negligently manufactured or designed escalator/escalator part, you will most likely have a valid product liability claim. On the other hand, if we can prove the property owner either knew or should have known that the escalator was dangerous/required servicing and failed to do so timely, thereby injuring you and causing you to sustain significant damages as a result, there is a very good chance that we will have a valid premises liability claim.

Ensure that you take legal action sooner, rather than later, as the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is four years, meaning that if you wait any longer than four years from the date of your accident, you will most likely lose your right to sue. Our firm is ready to help you today.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Ansbacher Law is comprised of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.