Many of us use escalators on a daily basis and don’t think twice about doing so. Considering the number of people who do this, it is very rare that anything will ever go wrong. The worst thing that usually happens is that occasionally the escalator may break down and have to be fixed. It is certainly very uncommon to hear about someone being injured by an escalator.
However it can potentially happen and sometimes this may occur if there is something wrong with the escalator or it has not been maintained properly. Such instances are incredibly rare and indeed they are very hard to find any news about. However if an injury does occur it may potentially involve someone’s foot, as this is most likely to be closer to the edge of the escalator.
Could other potential accidents happen?
It might be potentially possible for someone to fall from an escalator if something went wrong with it, or if the sides of the escalator were not in good condition. For example you might lean against the rail of the escalator while using it and it might give way, sending you falling down the escalator or even over the side. This would be exceptionally rare but would potentially result in serious injuries if you were unlucky enough to be hurt in this way.
In some cases people go to professional lawyers who have experience in the personal accident field to see whether they might claim compensation after such an accident. In some cases there may be a possibility of doing so, especially if negligence can be proven to have occurred. This may lead to the accident happening if maintenance has not been done or the escalator was not properly fitted in the first place.
The consequences of being injured by an escalator
While such injuries are rare, they can potentially happen if the circumstances allow it. In some cases the injuries will be minor but they could still be painful and lead to problems for the person involved for some time to come. In other cases they could be life-changing.
Call us at Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 to find out whether you could make a no win, no fee* claim. Your injuries may warrant compensation if the incident was due to the negligence of someone else involved with the escalator.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen