Can I Recover Compensation for an Escalator Accident in Pennsylvania?

For those who live in an apartment building or work in an office, taking an escalator may be part of your daily routine. When escalator accidents occur, they can result in serious injuries. As a result, it is important to know how these accidents happen and what to do in the event of an injury. Read on to learn more about escalator accidents in Pennsylvania.

How do Escalator Accidents Occur?

Escalator accidents can occur for a number of different reasons, including:

  • Between-step entrapments
  • Gaps and spaces
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Loose or missing screws
  • Improperly working emergency buttons
  • Faulty handrails
  • Missing steps
  • Electrical or mechanical malfunctions
  • Design flaws
  • Finger entrapments

Common Escalator Accident Injuries

If you sustain a serious injury, your life can be impacted in a number of ways. Injuries can lead to physical, emotional, mental, and financial hardships. Some of the most common injuries sustained in escalator accidents include:

  • Concussions
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Torn ligaments
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Joint injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Broken bones

If you have been injured in an escalator accident, you may deserve compensation for the burdens you face as a result of the accident.

Premises Liability vs Product Liability

If you were injured due to another party’s negligence, there is a good chance you will be entitled to recover compensation. But, when it comes to escalator accidents, it can be difficult to determine the responsible party. For this reason, it is important to work with an experienced personal injury attorney. Generally, those injured in escalator accidents will have a premises liability case or a product liability case. In a premises liability case, you will have to prove that the owner of the building either knew or should have reasonably known about the unsafe conditions that caused your accident to occur. In a product liability case, you will have to prove that you were injured due to negligent escalator design or a negligent escalator manufacturer. Our firm will help you gather the proof you need, but there are a few important steps you should take after an accident. For example, be sure to take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.

If you have been injured in an escalator accident, our firm is here for you. Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.


Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. We proudly serve clients facing a wide range of legal matters. If you require the services of an effective attorney, please contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.

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