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Recovering Compensation After a New Jersey Elevator or Escalator Accident

You can find an elevator or escalator in almost any building that has more than one floor. It is because of this that they are commonly used by people on a daily basis. In doing so, they usually do not think of the possibility that the machine will malfunction and cause an accident. These accidents have the potential to cause extremely serious injuries to those who are involved. This can include broken bones, crushed limbs, brain injuries, and more. If you have been injured in an escalator accident, it is important to contact a skilled New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance. 

What Causes These Accidents?

Escalators and elevators are immense machines with countless moving parts. It is because of this that they must be manufactured and looked after with great care. In the event that they are not and those who are responsible for the machines are negligent, accidents can occur that cause severe injuries. Negligence can be seen if a manufacturer makes mistakes or cuts corners during the production of the machine. Other times, it can be seen after the elevator or escalator is already installed and it does not receive regular maintenance. Even minor issues with these machines can cause major accidents to occur. 

Common Types of Accidents

When an elevator or escalator does not function the way it is meant to, it can put those who use them in great danger. Some common accidents that can occur in these situations can include:

  • Between-step entrapments
  • Gaps and spaces
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Loose or missing screws
  • Improperly working emergency buttons
  • Faulty handrails
  • Missing steps
  • Electrical or mechanical malfunctions
  • Design flaws
  • Finger entrapments

How Do I Recover Compensation?

People who suffer injuries due to ineffective elevators or escalators may be able to recover compensation for any damages relating to their suffering. This can be accomplished by proving negligence in a personal injury lawsuit. If successful, damages that may be covered can include the following:

  • Concussions
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Torn ligaments
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Joint injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Broken bones

What is the Statute of Limitations?

It is important to not wait too long after an accident in order to pursue legal action. This is because there is a statute of limitations in place that provides a deadline for injured parties to meet in order to file a personal injury claim. If it is not met, they may lose their right to recover compensation. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations on filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the injury.

Contact our Firm

If you or someone you know sustained an injury in a personal injury accident and wishes to speak with a skilled attorney, contact The Law Office of Roosevelt Nesmith today.