It is not uncommon for people to be injured by unsafe elevators or escalators. Equipment malfunctions, sudden drops and stops, or simple slipping or tripping hazards regularly occur in buildings that are open to the public. If you are injured on an elevator, you may have a claim
Two things work in an injured person’s favor in an elevator or escalator injury.
First, the owners of elevators and escalators owe a higher duty to ensure the safe delivery of passengers. This is known as the “common carrier” duty. The duty element of a claim is an important part of a negligence claim. The existence of a higher duty by building owners creates fewer barriers to recovery for injured people.
Second, elevator manufacturers and those who install elevators are required to keep regular maintenance and repair records. This works in the injured party’s interest in that it helps produce a trail of evidence.
If you are injured in an elevator or on an escalator, you should contact an experience attorney immediately.