Elevator / Escalator Accidents

If you’ve been injured in an elevator or on an escalator, the law firm of Norman M. Block, P.C. can help you recover compensation for your injuries.

Building owners are required to maintain their elevators and escalators in a safe condition. Mandatory periodic inspections are generally required by the municipality where the building is located. Building owners should keep a record of its own inspections and/or the inspections by an elevator or escalator maintenance company.

Common accidents in elevators and escalators include

  • tripping when entering or exiting an elevator that is not level with the floor
  • falling when an elevator or escalator suddenly stops or jerks
  • falling when an escalator unexpectedly speeds up or slows down being struck by doors that close on the passenger

In general, the building owner must have had actual or constructive notice of a problem before it can be held liable for an elevator or escalator accident. In many situations, a legal doctrine known as “res ipsa loquitur” is enough to make the owner liable. Under this doctrine, if something happens that could not have occured but for the negligence of the building owner, the owner can be liable. The application of this doctrine is tricky and is best handled by an experienced law firm like Norman M. Block, P.C. Call us today if you’ve been injured in an elevator or on an escalator.