Though most of us use escalators our whole lives without incident, many people are injured in escalator accidents every year. If you are someone who has been injured in an escalator accident, you must continue reading and speak with one of our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can guide you through the personal injury claims process. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How do escalator accidents happen?
Escalators, though generally safe, are not immune from a serious accident. Some of the most common causes of escalator accidents can include sudden stops and starts, improper installations, mechanical malfunctions, faulty emergency shut-off buttons, defective handrails, and more.
Do I need an attorney to file a personal injury claim?
Yes, you do–especially when dealing with escalator accidents, as determining the party responsible for your injuries is often more challenging than in other personal injury lawsuits. For example, in some cases, if it is determined that a landlord or property owner knew of the unsafe escalator conditions, failed to repair them, and you were injured as a result, you will most likely file a premises liability lawsuit. On the other hand, if your attorney determines you were injured due to a negligent escalator designer or manufacturer, you will generally file a product liability lawsuit.
Once your attorney ascertains the liable party, he or she will then have to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. Various types of evidence can prove a personal injury claim including, though not limited to, pictures or videos of the accident or safety hazard that caused the accident, medical documentation regarding your injuries, police reports of the incident, witness statements confirming your claim, and any other type of evidence your attorney deems relevant.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Florida?
In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims states that individuals will have four years from the date of their accident to file a lawsuit against a negligent party. Be sure you file within the four-year timeframe, for if you don’t, you will no longer be allowed to sue. Our firm is ready to begin the claims process so we can start fighting for the compensation you need.
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Ansbacher Law is composed 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.