In shopping centers, workplaces, and airports alike, escalators are a convenient way of getting from one floor to another. But while escalators can make navigating multiple levels easier, they aren’t without risk. Sometimes escalator accidents can occur, and when they do, it can sometimes lead to serious, even catastrophic injuries. Here is what you should know about escalator accidents and what you should do when you’ve been injured in one.
Causes of Escalator Accidents & Injuries
Unfortunately, there are many different causes of escalator accidents. Such causes include:
- Missing steps
- Missing foot brushes or comb plates
- Inadequate lighting
- Improper handrails
- Gaps between steps
- Shut-off buttons that fail to work
- Mechanical malfunctions
- Electrical malfunctions
- Clothing getting caught
- Escalator stopping abruptly
- Escalator reversing directions
Steps to Take if You’ve Been Injured in an Escalator Accident
If you have been injured in an escalator accident, it’s important that you take several steps to care for yourself and to protect your ability to later bring a claim for your injuries:
1. Call 9-1-1
When you’ve been injured in an escalator accident, the first thing that you should do is to call 9-1-1-. The operator will send the police and emergency medical personnel (an ambulance) to your location. The police will also file an accident report, which can be beneficial in confirming what occurred should you decide to bring a lawsuit.
2. Seek Immediate Medical Attention
The next thing that you should do is seek emergency medical attention for any and all injuries after the accident. While some injuries are obvious, others are invisible. By seeking treatment, you can ensure that any injuries are discovered and tended to and establish a medical record. You should ask for a copy of your medical record since it can assist you in establishing your case for damages.
3. Take Pictures and Video
While waiting for an ambulance to arrive, if you are able to it is important that you take pictures and video of the scene of the accident. If you are unable to it can be helpful to ask others to do so.
4. Obtain Witness Information
If there are any witnesses to the accident you should obtain their contact information such as their name and telephone number. Witness statements can help to back up your claims.
4. Contact a Qualified Texas Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in an escalator accident, it’s imperative that you reach out to a qualified Texas personal injury attorney who specializes in escalator accidents. He or she can help you to obtain the proper evidence to prove your case.
The Attorneys at Rochelle McCullough Help Those in Texas Who Have Been Injured in an Escalator Accident
When you have been the victim of an escalator accident, you are often faced with handling the financial ramifications. You should not be held responsible for someone else’s negligence. You may be entitled to compensation. Be sure to speak with a qualified Texas personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
The lawyers at Rochelle McCullough help victims of escalator accidents to get their lives and their livelihood back on track. We will fight for your rights. To schedule a consultation, contact us today.