Elevator & Escalator Accident ATTORNEYS
Millions of people use elevators and escalators every day—the safety of such machines are generally an afterthought. But accidents can occur when riding on an escalator or in an elevator. When accidents happen, they are often due to mechanical or electrical failure.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an escalator or elevator accident, Penney & Associates can help. We have represented thousands of personal injury victims throughout California, and we have the expertise to help you win your case.
- You can afford our services
- Elevator and escalator accidents are somewhat rare, but can result in serious injuries
- What can cause an elevator or escalator accident?
- Accidents can occur in different types of buildings
- Who may be held liable?
- Our lawyers have the experience needed to aggressively prosecute elevator and escalator accident claims
YOU CAN AFFORD AN INJURY ATTORNEY
Penney & Associates understands that many seriously injured accident victims may struggle to pay bills when they approach us for legal assistance. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis. What does that mean? It means our firm only gets paid after you win the compensation you deserve. We also offer free consultations, which give us the opportunity to determine the facts of your case. The attorneys at Penney & Associates are here for you.
Elevator and escalator accidents are somewhat rare. However, injuries resulting from an accident can be serious.
Elevator and escalator accidents are rare, with less than 20,000 occurring per year in the United States. However, such accidents can result in serious injuries, including:
- Neck and back injuries
- Head injuries
- Arm or leg injuries
Read our blog posts below to learn more about this area of personal injury law, and how it affects your rights as an injury victim.
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What may cause an elevator or escalator accident?
Elevators and escalators have been around for more than a century. Most of us may never stop to consider that the elevators and escalators many of us ride every day are complex machines that require regular inspection and maintenance.
In California, elevators and escalators installed for commercial use must pass an inspection every two years. Should an elevator or escalator fail inspection, the owner/operator must close off the machine until repairs are made and a re-inspection is completed. The good news is that, according to California law, a copy of the passed inspection form must be posted for the public—this means you can verify that the machine was deemed operable within the previous two years before riding it.
But a malfunction can occur regardless of when an elevator or escalator was last inspected. Mechanical issues that can occur during operation include: faulty doors, pulley system failure, broken steps, missing or broken teeth, and electrical failure. Any one of the issues may cause an accident that results in an injury.
We can help you pursue an injury claim resulting from elevators and escalators located in many types of buildings.
There are approximately 900,000 elevators in the U.S. that provide over 18 billion passenger trips each year. We can help you pursue an injury claim if you were injury while riding an elevator or escalator at a:
- Office building
- Sports stadium
- Apartment complex
Who may be held liable?
Liability depends on many factors—we can uncover the facts of your case to determine who may be held liable for your injuries.
In general, elevator and escalator accidents that occur due to machine malfunction fall under premises liability law. This means that the owner is responsible for maintaining the safety of the machine, and if they do not, they may be held liable for injuries arising from an accident.
But not all elevator and escalator injuries occur due to machine malfunction. Some injuries may happen because of other individuals who are on, in, or near the machine. If an individual's actions are negligent, and you sustain an injury because of it, they may be held liable.
To determine who is at fault for your injuries, we must first uncover the facts of your case. The attorneys at Penney & Associates will work closely with you and loved ones to learn where, why, and how your injury occurred.
If you have been injured in an elevator or escalator accident and want
experienced legal representation, contact Penney & Associates today.
The attorneys at Penney & Associates are prepared to help.
If you have sustained an injury as the result of an elevator or escalator accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Penney & Associates is here to help. Our experienced attorneys are ready to learn the facts of your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.