Potential dangers of escalators and lifts
Other than shoelaces becoming trapped in the escalator’s mechanism (which is also a very real danger), many other accidents result from escalators and lifts malfunctioning, catching on fire or collapsing. Many people have also been injured or killed as a result of using the escalator improperly by attempting to ride the handrail, or travel up or down the wrong way.
Lifts can also be extremely dangerous. Firstly, there is the potential for the mechanism holding up the lift to snap, causing the lift to plummet to the ground. Then there are the dangers presented by lifts not stopping level with the floor, causing a tripping hazard, the doors crushing people, and too many people being allowed to enter, causing crushing injuries.
Most of the time, escalators and lifts are very safe, but if they are not properly looked after they can cause an accident and very nasty injuries. If you have been injured in this way, you may be entitled too make a compensation claim.
What to do if you have been injured by an escalator or lift
If you have received an injury that wasn’t your fault as a result of normal use of an escalator or lift, the best thing to do is to take the names and details of any potential witnesses at the scene. Then proceed to the hospital to have your injuries documented. It may also help to have photographic evidence of your injuries. All of this will be helpful if you decide to make a claim for personal injury compensation for injuries caused by escalators and lifts.
If you’d like to know more about personal injury compensation, call our experts at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to tell you how likely it is that your claim will be successful, and how much compensation you could potentially receive. If you choose to go ahead with your claim, it will be conducted on a no-win, no-fee basis, so that you do not have to concern yourself over financing your claim.
We are able to deal with most claims over the phone. Claimants will only ever have to attend court personally in the rarest of circumstances. For a very quick guide to your eligibility, check our 30-second online claims calculator, or speak to our friendly, expert claims advisors.
Chatting to them puts you under no obligation to make a claim, so why not get in touch with us today. From a landline you can call us on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile ring 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: November 22, 2013
Author: David Brown