What to Know About Filing an Escalator Accident Claim

What to Know About Filing an Escalator Accident Claim

If you have been recently injured in an escalator accident, you are likely looking to file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your damages. To learn more about filing a valid claim after an escalator accident, read on. For assistance with your claim, do not hesitate to contact our Tampa personal injury lawyer.

What are the most common causes of escalator accidents?

The most common causes of escalator accidents include the following:

  • Escalator design flaws
  • Escalators reversing direction, resulting in a pileup
  • Missing steps
  • Missing comb plates
  • Clothing or limbs getting snagged by machinery
  • Inadequate escalator lighting
  • Improperly working emergency shut-off buttons
  • Loose or missing screws
  • Electrical or mechanical malfunctions
  • Faulty handrails
  • Gaps and spaces

What are the most common injuries sustained in escalator accidents?

Many injuries have been sustained in escalator accidents. The most common injuries sustained in escalator accidents include the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Torn ligaments
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Concussions
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Joint injuries

How do I recover financial compensation after an escalator accident?

It is required to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you deserve after an escalator accident. To do so, you should collect evidence to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. You can do so with the assistance of an experienced attorney who may be able to collect evidence that is unavailable to you such as surveillance footage of the accident as it happened.

How do I satisfy the burden of proof?

You and your attorney will work to collect the following pieces of evidence to support your claim to satisfy the burden of proof:

  • Police report
  • Witness statements
  • Medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries
  • Pictures and videos of the safety hazards that led to your accident
  • Security camera footage of your accident as it happened

What is the statute of limitations for escalator accident claims in Florida?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is generally four years. This means that you will have four years from the date of your escalator accident to bring attention to your claim. It is best to file your claim as soon as possible to avoid being permanently time-barred after this window of time is exceeded. To get started with this process today, do not hesitate to contact our experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer who will fight for your right to compensation. Give us a call today to schedule your initial consultation with our team. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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