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Every day, people rely on elevators and escalators to navigate airports, libraries, hospitals, offices, colleges, and countless other buildings. The convenience of mechanized indoor transport allows us to haul heavy luggage around and easily access the top floors of tall buildings. For individuals who have trouble with regular stairs, escalators and elevators offer more than convenience. They are an absolute necessity. Naturally, these miracles of modern engineering require precise construction and careful upkeep. These machines can become extremely dangerous if they are improperly installed or poorly maintained. Far too many people sustain injuries while they are using a supposedly safe means of transportation.
The elevator and escalator injuries attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC understand the dangers posed by these features. Our legal team also understands that property owners can and should be held legally accountable for any injuries caused by faulty equipment. Businesses, municipalities, and other property-owning organizations that use elevators and escalators have a serious responsibility to keep these machines safe for their visitors. If their negligence causes an injury, the victim may be legally entitled to financial compensation.
Illinois law expects property owners to maintain any equipment that could potentially injure an unsuspecting person. This expectation includes elevators and escalators. Since these are complicated machines with many moving parts, property owners need to take special care in their installation and upkeep. Any one component could break at any time and cause a tragic accident.
Owner negligence and oversight can result in highly dangerous conditions. In turn, these conditions can result in devastating injuries. Some examples of common causes of elevator and escalator injuries include:
Any of these dangerous conditions can put people at risk. When an elevator or an escalator malfunctions, victims can suffer from serious injuries including broken bones, muscle tears, lacerations, and even head wounds.
The premises liability attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC believe that innocent people should not have to pay for someone else’s oversight or shoddy maintenance. If you have been injured in an elevator or escalator accident caused by a property owner’s negligence, you deserve monetary recompense to pay for your injuries and your distress. Call us at (312) 346-8620 to discuss your legal options with a dedicated professional.