Tragic harm to kids from in-home elevators
Less than a decade ago, there was a series of catastrophic incidents involving grandchildren of seniors, who had elevators installed at home. The elevators had seemed like a good idea at the time for older adults whose joints could no longer tolerate frequent trips up the stairs. Unfortunately, these elevators had been designed with adults in mind without a thought to curious children who might open the outer doors and become trapped if the elevator was called to another floor. Fatal and disabling crush injuries resulted.
Unfortunately, many seniors have had such elevators installed without design modifications in light of these injuries. And, as always, safety regulations that would force design changes have been excruciatingly slow to develop. As attorneys for victims of elevator accidents, we urge seniors with in-home elevators to be vigilant in protecting their grandchildren against potential hazards.
Escalator injuries in New Jersey
Studies show that about 10,000 escalator injuries each year require emergency room care and about 50 percent of those require hospitalization. Women are more likely to suffer injuries to the lower extremities (feet and toes), while men are more likely to sustain head and neck injuries. Escalator accidents often result from mechanical issues, such as:
- Sudden acceleration
- Abrupt stopping
- Reversals of direction
However, when an escalator accident occurs without an apparent mechanical malfunction, the possible negligence of the injured rider is often an issue. For example, age is a risk factor, as older adults are more likely to be hurt, and alcohol intoxication is a factor in as much as 50 percent of the injuries to adult men. If the defense can show the victim was not sufficiently alert and careful, the victim’s recovery can be reduced or totally barred. This is another reason to hire an experienced attorney to not only investigate and prove any malfunction, but to protect you against allegations of contributory negligence.
Contact our accomplished NJ lawyers for your elevator or escalator accident
Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers provides aggressive representation for victims of elevator and escalator accidents throughout New Jersey. Let us help you obtain the full personal injury compensation you deserve. Call us today at 973-364-8300 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.