Escalator, Elevator & Automatic Door Injuries
From Side Step Entrapment Injuries to Sudden Stops & Fall Injuries Learn More about injuries from Escalators, Elevators and Automatic Doors.
The worst escalator injuries occur when a foot is caught between the side of the escalator and the moving step (side step entrapment) or when a foot is dragged in between two steps. These can lead to brutal injuries called "degloving" injuries. Most modern escalators have black bristles (like on a brush) on their sides. These brushes are designed both to discourage people from standing right on the edge and to make it less likely that clothing and feet will get dragged into the space between the sides and the steps. Some rubber shoes or sandals are especially likely to drag a foot in between two steps if the foot and shoe are placed in contact with the vertical part of the escalator step.
Other injuries may result when an escalator suddenly stops. If it is at all possible to get the names of witnesses to such an event you should do so.
The worst elevator injuries involve people falling into elevator shafts, elevators falling out of control, and door closures which severely injure hands or other parts of the body.
Other injuries result when an elevator suddenly stops. Unfortunately, there is often a dispute as to whether or not this happened and, if so, with what force. If it is at all possible to get the names of witnesses to such an event you should do so because the elevator company will try to deny that the event happened.
Likewise some elevator claims involve fall injuries because the elevator did not stop level with the floor. Again, there is often a dispute as to whether this in fact happened. Keeping in mind that the elevator company will automatically deny that the elevator stopped below or above floor level, it is very helpful to snap picture proof of this with a cell phone camera. A picture showing an elevator with open doors and an elevator floor that is not level with the hallway floor is highly suggestive of a malfunctioning elevator. Elevators require frequent and specialized maintenance.
Escalator injuries include:
- Side Step Entrapment (when a foot is caught between the side of the escalator & the moving step).
- Foot being dragged between two steps.
- Injuries from sudden stops.
Elevator injuries include:
- Injuries from door closures
- Injuries from sudden stops
- Fall injuries (due to an elevator doesn't stop evenly with the floor)
If you get injured ask for names & phone numbers of witnesses to the event, take photos and file a report with any staff or security as this may be beneficial to your case
Automatic Door Accidents
Doors that automatically open and close need periodic maintenance and occasionally they close on people. For example, we had a case in which a very elderly lady was going into a medical building to visit her doctor and the doors shut on her, causing serious shoulder injury. These can be long drawn out cases as it may be necessary to sue the landlord who schedules and pay for the maintenance, all maintenance companies recently involved in working on the door, and the manufacturer of the door. We look for a reasonable serious injury in such a case and charge 40% of the gross recovery.