It is easy for most of us to see how escalator foot injuries could potentially occur. For example you may be on an escalator and suffer an injury if your foot is dragged into the mechanism along the side of the stair treads.
There are emergency stop buttons situated at various points along the sides of the escalator so if anything happens someone can hit the button to stop the escalator. This can potentially prevent further injuries from taking place.
However if someone has had part or all of their foot dragged into the escalator mechanism, or it has got caught in the stair tread at the bottom or top of the escalator, they may still suffer serious injuries as a result.
Are escalator foot injuries rare?
Yes they are, and this is mainly due to the fact that escalators are designed to be exceptionally safe to use in a variety of circumstances. For example you will probably have used escalators on many different occasions and it is very unlikely that anything would go wrong in these circumstances. This is due to the safety elements and the design of the escalator.
However there could be the potential for escalator foot injuries to occur, and in these cases it may be that the injuries could be severe and might lead to problems in the future as well. One man lost his big toe and had several others crushed in a similar accident, and while he has recovered he still suffers some degree of pain in that foot.
What should you do if you suffer an injury like this?
The first thing will be to get immediate medical advice, even if you don’t think your injuries are that severe.
Crush injuries can occur in these circumstances but you may suffer one or more broken toes and not realise this has occurred.
Don’t assume you have merely suffered bruising – make sure you seek proper medical advice first.
Then we would advise you to contact Accident Advice Helpline for more advice. We can offer no-obligation advice if you need it and you may find you can make a no win, no fee compensation claim as a result.
One free phone call to 0800 689 0500 is all you need to ensure you can get the advice you need from a legal expert with experience in this area of concern.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen