If you live in New York City, there is a strong chance that escalators are part of your daily routine. Unfortunately, escalator accidents are not entirely uncommon. Most people do not consider that every time they board an escalator, they are trusting a complex, multi-faceted machine with their lives. When these accidents happen, they are oftentimes sudden and severe, which is a big part of what makes them so terrifying. If you have been injured in an escalator accident, you must continue reading to learn more about what our experienced New York City personal injury attorney can do to help you through the legal process.
How do escalator accidents happen?
Some of the most common causes of escalator accidents are defective emergency shut-off buttons, broken handrails, missing steps, flaws in the escalator design, failing to regularly maintain the escalator, and more.
Do I qualify for compensation after an accident?
Unfortunately, simply filing a personal injury claim is not enough to win financial compensation. Insurance companies do not readily make payouts to all who file, and what’s more, it is oftentimes more challenging to determine liability in an escalator accident. For example, in certain cases, a property owner will have either known, or should have reasonably known, about the unsafe escalator conditions, and failed to fix or repair the issue in a timely fashion. If you are injured as a result, you will most likely file what is known as a premises liability lawsuit.
On the other hand, if you can prove that you sustained injuries due to a negligent product manufacturer or designer, you will generally file a product liability lawsuit. Determining the liable party is oftentimes easier said than done, which is why you must hire an accomplished attorney who has years of experience guiding clients through the personal injury claims process. To prove your claim, an experienced attorney will work to obtain various forms of critical evidence on your behalf.
How long do I have to sue another party for an escalator accident?
If you have been injured in an accident, you are required to take legal action within a certain amount of time. In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, is, generally, three years. This means that if you do not sue a negligent party within three years from the date of your accident, you will, generally, lose your right to sue. Our firm is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve and need.
Contact our experienced New York City firm
The Law Offices of Laurence C. Tarowsky is proud to serve clients in New York City and the surrounding areas after they have been injured by someone else’s negligence. For a consultation, contact our office today.