How Can I Recover Compensation Following a New Jersey Escalator Accident?

Almost no one considers going up and down an escalator to be a notable part of their day. However, it can be. Unfortunately, it is rarely in a good way. Escalators are machines composed of hundreds of working parts, which is why even a small malfunction can cause a serious accident. What’s worse, these accidents are often sudden, unpredictable, and harsh, leaving passengers little time to respond. This is why most people who have been injured in escalator accidents seek financial compensation to help them cope with their medical bills, lost wages, in-home care, and more. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:

What are the most frequent causes of escalator accidents?

Escalator accidents, as mentioned above, can be caused by several factors. Some of the most common contributors to escalator accidents are as follows:

  • Loose or missing screws
  • Improperly working emergency shut-off buttons
  • Faulty handrails
  • Clothing or limbs getting snagged by machinery
  • Escalators reversing direction, resulting in a pileup
  • Finger entrapments
  • Missing foot brushes
  • Gaps and spaces
  • Missing steps
  • Between-step entrapments
  • Missing comb plates
  • Overcrowded escalators
  • Inadequate escalator lighting

What injuries are most commonly sustained in escalator accidents?

Some injuries sustained in escalator accidents that have recovered financial compensation in the past are as follows:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Torn ligaments
  • Traumatic brain injuries

How do I know if I qualify for compensation following an escalator accident?

To qualify for financial compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. This is why you should hire an experienced attorney who is ready to collect and assemble all the evidence necessary to present a convincing claim. Some of the evidence you attorney may gather can include the following:

  • Security camera footage
  • Pictures of the safety hazard
  • Medical documents
  • Witness statements
  • Police reports

What is the statute of limitations in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years, which means you have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. You cannot afford to wait–if you do, you may be denied the financial compensation you deserve.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

We understand the implications of a serious accident. If you believe you were injured due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced firm. We are more than willing to help you recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Our personal injury specialists at Greenberg & Walden LLC are standing by for a free initial consultation. Call us at 201-528-6928.

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