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Jacksonville Premises Liability Lawyer: Elevator/Escalator Injuries

Because most of us have used elevators and escalators thousands of times without incident, we rarely consider the dangers that they can pose, especially if they have been poorly maintained. The fact is that a faulty elevator or escalator can result in serious injuries and potentially even death.

Jacksonville escalator injury attorney Don Guthrie believes in holding negligent parties responsible for injuries caused by defective elevators or escalators on their property.

Elevator Injuries

Workers who repair and maintain elevators are at the highest risk for elevator-related injuries. Every year about 14 workers die while working on or near elevators in the US alone. They are not the only ones at risk, however; many others are injured or killed every year due to elevator malfunctions or defects.

The most common causes of elevator-related injuries are:

  • Falling down an open shaft
  • Caught in closing doors
  • Struck by descending elevators

Escalator Injuries

The populations who are most vulnerable to injury while riding escalators are small children and the elderly. Children are at a risk because they may not understand correct safety protocol, while senior citizens may have impaired mobility or vision.

A person riding an elevator may become injured if their shoe or a loose article of clothing becomes caught in the space between the stairs and the sides of the escalator. People can also trip and fall while moving onto or off of the escalator. Workers can also be injured while cleaning or repairing an escalator if their employers do not provide appropriately safe working conditions.

Determining Responsibility

Property owners can be liable for escalator or elevator injuries if they fail to maintain functional equipment or a safe environment, or if they fail to warn guests about potential hazards. If you have been injured by a faulty elevator or escalator, you may have grounds for legal action.

To contact a Jacksonville elevator injury attorney, contact the law offices of Don Guthrie at 904-296-1088.

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