Holiday shoppers at the Atlantic Terminal Mall on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn fell victim to a malfunctioning escalator on Monday evening. Seven people were injured as a result of the malfunction, two of them seriously according to a report by the Gothamist. According to witnesses, the down escalator suddenly sped up then stopped abruptly throwing people forward causing the injuries. The cause of the malfunction has not been reported, but witnesses also stated that the escalator had not been working properly before this incident.
This type of incident is not uncommon to personal injury attorneys experienced with escalator accidents. Typically, the escalator was negligently maintained resulting in the malfunction. Escalators must be maintained according to The American Society of Mechanical Engineers' standards and specifications, ASME A17. Additionally, New York City has its own regulations set out by New York City, N.Y., Code § 27-982 to § 27-1005. If you have been injured due to improper maintenance of an Escalator, you may have a case for negligence against the managing agent of the building or the maintenance company for the escalator. The more a system is automated, the lower the chance of human error causing an issue, and the greater likelihood of negligence in maintenance or repair.
At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our escalator accident lawyers handle escalator accident cases which result in serious injury or death to passengers, building employees, custodial staff, emergency safety workers and escalator maintenance and inspection personnel. We have the resources and experience necessary to secure fair compensation for individuals who have suffered an unnecessary injury. Our escalator accident attorneys can prove falls caused by the product through our cutting edge investigation and visual representation techniques at trial.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury in an elevator accident, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation with our New York personal injury attorneys, please call (212) 406-1700 or contact us online. Our cases are taken on a contingency-fee basis. If we accept your case, there is no fee unless we recover damages for you.