Accidents on Escalators and Elevators in Virginia

By Griff O'Hanlon, Premises Liability Lawyer

We don’t read about many accidents involving escalators and elevators but when we do they are often serious.

Last year, an electrician was killed in horrific circumstances when he was crushed by an elevator on a Carnival cruise line. According to Miami Herald reports this week, the 66-year-old had disabled safety systems on the elevator before he worked on it.

But, in some cases, the owner of a building or a maintenance company can be liable. This week Courthouse News reported on how an appeals court ruled that football fans who were awarded damages after an overcrowded escalator fell five stories at the New Orleans Superdome, had been properly awarded compensation. Three fans  sued the arena after the incident which followed a New Orleans Saints football game in 2007.

I talk about accidents involving escalators and elevators in this video.

Earlier this year, I wrote about how a man was crushed to death by a plummeting elevator in New York on New Year’s Eve.

Stephen Hewett Brown was killed in a Lower East Side elevator when he was caught between the elevator’s roof and the third-floor entrance.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we have handled cases in which faulty escalators and elevators have caused injuries. We handled a case in which an office worker was hurt by an elevator that stopped and started abruptly twice, trapping her between floors in an office building in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

All cases are different and we cannot guarantee the similar results in another case but we were able to secure a settlement of $205,000 for this worker who suffered back injuries after the accident.

Accidents occur more frequently on escalators than on elevators. You are 15 times more likely to suffer an injury on an escalator. A common form of accident involves clothing or a body part such as a finger becoming trapped in a moving part of an escalator. These cases often involve small children. Falls on escalators can lead to even more severe injuries and more deaths.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an escalator or an elevator accident, you may have grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit and should talk to our team at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers by calling 757.455.0077 for a free consultation.

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