This article shares some great advice from Phoenix auto accident lawyer, Aaron Crane from Cantor Crane with respect to injuries caused by elevators and escalators. Elevators and escalators are designed to be safe and efficient forms of transportation from one floor to the next. Unfortunately, many accidents occur on these transportation mediums and some of them result in serious injuries. If you have fallen on an escalator, you may experience pain and discomfort, back injury, head injury or injury to the legs, knees or feet. Each of these forms of injury can go unnoticed immediately after an accident occurs. Neck and shoulder injuries are also common in elevator and escalator accidents, but many people do not seek treatment for them until long after an accident.
Whiplash and other types of neck and head injuries gradually worsen over time. Back injuries are similar in that they may not present themselves immediately after an accident, or until it is difficult to prove the connection between the accident and the injury. For this reason, it is important to seek treatment immediately after an accident even if you do not believe that you were injured. It is better to make a precautionary visit to your doctor and find out that you are well rather than delaying only to discover that your symptoms are much worse later on.
Serious injuries associated with elevator and escalator accidents include shoulder injury, amputation, paralysis, disfigurement and psychological injuries. Each of these injuries can result in costly long-term medical treatment and therapy. It is also common for injured victims to lose wages because they have to take time off from work to recover from their injuries. In such cases, you may not only be faced with significant medical bills but have no way to pay them due to your restricted income.
Causes of Injury
Elevator and escalator accidents are commonly caused by product flaws, negligence, installation defects, poor maintenance and safety code and standard violations. It is the duty of any facility housing an elevator or escalator to keep it running properly and safely for the public. If there is a breach of this basic duty, the owner of the facility may be liable for any damages injured victims you sustain. Phoenix businesses should take preventative measures to ensure that accidents do not occur. Examples of such measures include hiring a certified inspector to examine whether the escalator or elevator is in compliance with state safety regulations and requiring employees to routinely check them for maintenance issues. Accidents are common in buildings where safety codes and maintenance are not top priorities.
Dealing With an Accident
If you were injured while using an elevator or an escalator, there are multiple things you can do to increase your chances of receiving compensation. Working with a reliable personal injury attorney is the first step to creating a strong case. Your attorney can manage the property owner’s attorney and insurance company to take some of the stress off of you. An attorney can also help you gather the necessary documentation to file a lawsuit.
Medical records and expense reports are crucial to demonstrating how the accident has affected you financially and physically. Also include information on any psychological counseling you had to receive in order to cope with the trauma of the accident. X-rays, CT scans, MRI test results and other objective means of assessing your injuries are helpful when it comes to demonstrating a history of treatment. Seeking treatment as soon as possible establishes a timeframe for the presentation of your injuries. If you wait for days or even weeks to see a doctor, the other side will likely argue that your injuries are unrelated to the elevator or escalator accident.
It is also important to keep records of any other costs you incur as a result of your injuries. Keep track of how many days of work you missed and any discrepancy in your income before the accident and after you return to work. If the owner of the building acted negligently, he or she may be liable to compensate you for the costs directly associated with the accident as well as any lost wages. A Phoenix attorney may also be able to help you determine whether you are eligible for punitive damages as well. Contact Cantor Crane at (602) 254-2701.