If you have been involved in an escalator accident that led to serious injuries, it is important that you reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you deserve. Continue reading to discover the most common cause of escalator accidents, how to determine who is responsible for an escalator accident, and the time period you will have to take legal action against the negligent party responsible for your accident.
What are the most common causes of escalator accidents?
Escalator accidents can be caused by a number of factors including the following:
- Inadequate maintenance/failing to keep equipment up to date/inspected
- Escalators reversing in direction
- Defective electrical systems
- Missing foot brushes
- Missing comb plates
- Faulty handrails
- Design flaws
Who is responsible for an escalator accident?
It is important that you reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney if you have been injured in an escalator accident. Your attorney will determine the liable party that you will take legal action against. Your attorney will then work to prove that you were injured as a result of the liable party’s negligence.
For example, if your attorney discovers that you were injured due to a negligent product designer or manufacturer, you may take legal action by filing a product liability lawsuit. An alternative method would be if it is determined that you were injured due to a property owner’s unsafe conditions that were failed to be fixed, you will file a premises liability claim. For each of these claims, your attorney will collect evidence to support your claim. Examples of such evidence include the following:
- Police reports
- Medical documentation
- Witness statements
- Photos of the hazards that resulted in your injuries
- Surveillance footage of the accident
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally four years in Florida. This is important to understand because this means that you will have four years from the date of your accident to file your personal injury claim. If you fail to do so within this period of time, you may risk being barred from suing. To get started as soon as possible, reach out to our experienced personal injury attorney today to discuss our services and learn how we can assist you in the filing process.
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If you have been injured in an accident due to no fault of your own, you need an attorney who truly cares about your right to heal. Merricks Law Group handles a wide array of injury claims, including injuries sustained in auto accidents, slip and falls, and more. Contact Merricks Law Group today.