Arlington Heights, Illinois Escalator Injuries Attorney
Dedicated personal injury attorneys helping clients obtain compensation for accidents in Libertyville, Cary, Itasca, and Chicago.
Escalators are a quick and efficient way to travel between floors. Millions of individuals travel on escalators on an annual basis. While escalators are commonly used in almost every public place, they present a significant risk of harm to individuals on a regular basis. If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident or incident in the state of Illinois, contact Newland & Newland, LLP today for a risk-free initial consultation.
Individuals at High Risk of Escalator Injuries
While everyone is at risk of an escalator injury, some populations are at a higher risk for injuries. Groups most susceptible to escalator injuries include young children and seniors, those individuals over the age of 65. This is because there are often problems with coordination and balance. While other individuals may be able to quickly catch their balance or protect themselves when an escalator malfunctions, these populations are often unable to do so which results in a fall. Although young children and seniors may be more susceptible to injuries, property owners are still responsible when an escalator malfunctions and causes injuries to populations of people who are considered fragile.
Escalator Accidents Require Experienced Counsel
Escalator accidents are complex cases. Property owners often try to escape liability by alleging that the victim is responsible for his or her own injuries. Given the many factors that often contribute to escalator accidents, this is an easy thing to prove. For instance, property owners often deny liability by alleging:
- An accident would not have occurred if the victim’s clothing was of the proper length, eliminating it from being caught in an escalator;
- An accident would not have occurred if the victim was holding onto the handrail while the escalator was in motion;
- An accident would not have occurred had the victim’s hair been tied up or held when using the escalator.
These are common ways that property owners try to avoid liability. When these accidents occur, you need an experienced attorney who will investigate the claim and seek to hold property owners accountable. Often times, these investigations allow experts to conclude that it was not the victim’s clothing that caused the accident, but instead, a jagged edge of the escalator that caught on to the victim’s clothing. These investigations have led to liability in countless cases.
Contact Newland & Newland, LLP
If you or someone you know has been injured in an escalator accident in the state of Illinois, contact an attorney at Newland & Newland, LLP. Our attorneys will be happy to meet with you to determine whether you have a cause of action against a property owner for negligent maintenance of an escalator. After an initial consultation, you will have the information you need and deserve to help you determine whether to file a personal injury claim.