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How can I be hurt on an escalator?

Injuries sustained on an escalator usually occur in falls or from entanglement in some portion of the escalator. Escalator accidents are often made worse because the escalator is steep, which exacerbates a fall, and because it continues to move and the stair treads are hard surfaces.

Consumer Watch organization lists typical escalator malfunctions as:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents, particularly with elderly passengers.
  • Finger entrapment, particularly with children, if the handrail entry at the balustrade has an opening too large.
  • Comb plate entrapment. The comb plate is the piece between the stationary floor plate and moving steps.
  • Between-step entrapment.
  • Personal effects such as hair, clothing, shoes or shoelaces becoming lodged in the escalator.
  • Abruptly stopping, starting or shifting.

Entrapment by components of an escalator can cause injuries that range from cuts and bruises to dislocations, fractures and amputations. A slip-and-fall accident on an escalator can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI) if the fall victim hits his or her head, broken bones – such as a hip fracture in an elderly fall victim ­­– or other injuries, such as cuts, bruises, sprains and strains.

Escalators should be maintained so that they do not malfunction in a manner that causes injury. If you have been injured on an escalator in New York, you may be able to obtain compensation for medical expenses and other losses associated with your injury. If you were hurt because of a problem with how the escalator operated, you should discuss your injury with one of our premises liability attorneys.

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