Moving walkways and escalators are found throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area: in shopping malls, airports, department stores, hospitals, office buildings. Despite their commonplace, however, serious injuries have been known to occur to individuals riding on both moving walkways and escalators.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury on an escalator, you may be entitled to compensation, and should consult with an experienced Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury lawyer to discuss your personal situation. You may be entitled to recover compensation to cover the cost of your medical bills and other accident-related expenses.
Dangers Posed by Escalators and Moving Walkways
A number of studies into injuries and deaths caused by escalators have found that the two age groups most commonly injured in escalator accidents are young children, and older senior citizens.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are approximately 2,167 children injured in escalator accidents each year. Compare this to more than 2,857 senior citizens injured on escalators every year according to the Accident Analysis and Prevention journal. An independent study published in an escalator and elevator industry publication concluded that approximately 29 percent of escalator incidents result in a fatality.
Serious Injuries Caused by Escalators
Although the majority of deadly escalator injuries are the result of an adult or child falling from the escalator, there are a number of very serious non-fatal injuries which regularly occur as a result of an escalator mishap. These include:
- Blunt force trauma
- Tendon and nerve damage
- Functional loss
Most escalator injuries involve injuries to the hand, foot, or head of the victim.
In addition to falls, the most common mechanism for escalator injuries involves passengers getting caught on the escalator when attempting to disembark. Among older adults and toddlers in particular, balance/coordination problems and inappropriate footwear have also been identified as probable causes.
If you or a member of your family has suffered a serious injury while riding on an escalator or moving walkway, it might well be the result of poor design or negligent maintenance of the machinery involved. Talk to a board certified Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorney today to determine whether or not you are eligible to make a claim for compensation.
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