Boston Elevator Injury Attorney
Did You Get Hurt On an Elevator or Escalator in Boston?
Elevators and escalators are conveniences found in many buildings in Boston. Most guests see these features as a welcome alternative to climbing many flights of stairs. They are especially popular in large apartment high-rises and in shopping malls, where people are carrying bags or other parcels that would make climbing stairs even more difficult. But users do not expect an elevator or escalator to malfunction and cause serious or life-threatening injuries.
If you have been harmed by an elevator or escalator in Boston, you know these incidents can be frightening. To begin sorting out your legal options, it is critical that you speak to a personal injury lawyer at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. A single call to (617) 870-0907 can schedule a free consultation as you begin to recover from this traumatic event.
Common Elevator and Escalator Incidents
All mechanical things are subject to failure or malfunction. When elevators and escalators fail, they pose a great risk to anyone who is riding on them. Some of the situations that are most hazardous to passengers include:
- The elevator dropping suddenly
- The elevator stopping suddenly
- The elevator door malfunctioning as a passenger enters or exits
- The elevator stopping at a location other than a floor level of the building
- The escalator suddenly stopping or lurching
- The escalator steps fail and flatten
Common Injuries from Elevators and Escalators
Trip-and-fall injuries are the most common elevator injuries, and they normally result in cuts and bruises. But in some cases, the victim can sustain serious ham, such as broken bones, torn ligaments, spinal cord injuries, or head trauma. Door strikes often result in bruises, broken bones, crush injuries, and even amputations. Sudden stops, or an elevator that drops suddenly, can result in neck and spine injuries, knee and ankle compression, and trauma to the head from hitting the walls of the elevator.
Escalator injuries are often the result of some article of clothing getting tangled in the tracks. The garment then wraps around the person’s body and pulls them into the mechanical gearing under the escalator’s surface. Small children are also at risk of getting fingers and toes entangled in the moving joins of an escalator. In most cases, this results in amputation.
Who Is Responsible for Elevator and Escalator Accidents?
It can be difficult to determine who is responsible for an accident involving an escalator or elevator. The lawyers at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., have nearly two decades of experience working to protect the rights of Boston personal injury victims. We know that not only are you worried about making a full recovery, but also about the high cost of the medical treatment you require. Our compassionate attorneys will work on your behalf to determine the cause of the accident and who should be held financially responsible for your injuries.
A call to (617) 870-0907 is the first step in the process of seeing justice served. Allow our highly skilled and experienced team at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., to work for you while you focus on healing from your injuries.