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Common Types of Elevator and Escalator Injuries

Using an elevator or an escalator can be very convenient and useful, but it can also come with some risks. These machines can malfunction, accidents can occur, and injuries can result. If you face an injury as a result of an issue with an elevator or an escalator, you should seek help as soon as possible. On this page, I will briefly go over some common injuries that might result from an escalator or elevator problem, and what to do if you face one of these injuries.

Common Elevator Injuries

Injuries in elevators can range from minor to life-threatening, depending on the issue with the elevator. Injuries can occur without serious issues in the elevator, such as a door malfunction that catches clothing or even a body part. On the other hand, serious safety issues with the elevator could lead to an issue such as the car dropping, which could result in serious injuries or even death. Other common physical injuries include broken bones, head trauma, slip and fall accidents, and more.

A stalled elevator car could also lead to claustrophobia or other anxiety issues for those who are trapped in the car until help can arrive. People can be trapped in elevator cars for hours, and the process of getting out can be stressful. These factors could trigger a strong emotional reaction in some people, even if they do not suffer physical injuries.

Common Escalator Injuries

Injuries on escalators can occur as well. One very common injury is tripping as a result of caught clothing. If your shoelace, pants, bag, or other loose items on your person get caught in the stairs, it can result in you falling. This might lead to head trauma, broken bones, or other issues.

Another common issues is disorientation and loss of balance, especially when stepping onto or off of the escalator. This might especially be the case for the elderly, children, or people who have a physical disability. These issues could lead to falling over, which can result in varying injuries. Some people might not be injured at all, while others might experience head trauma, broken bones, bruises, back issues, etc.

What to Do After an Injury

It is always important to see a doctor if you have been injured. A doctor can diagnose the extent of your injuries and provide an appropriate treatment plan.

Once you understand the extent of your injuries and seek treatment, it is important to determine who is at fault for your injuries. Was the accident your fault? For example, were you using the machine in a way it was not supposed to be used? Or were your injuries a result of some sort of malfunction or faulty equipment? If this is the case, someone else might be at fault for your injuries. In this situation, you could potentially file a personal injury claim and seek compensation for damages. If you would like to explore this option more, contact my office for more information.