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Elevators, Escalators Can Cause Personal Injury

A trip to the casino might inspire visions of injuries to the wallet, but it usually is not associated with bodily harm. According to Press of Atlantic City, a patron at the Revel Casino recently sustained serious injuries when the casino’s escalator snagged his clothing, dragged him over a railing and left him hanging upside down 40 feet in the air.

Luckily, bystanders rescued the man, but not before he suffered a fractured leg and knee, among other injuries.

When a preventable injury occurs at a place of business, the injured party deserves fair compensation.

A 2006 report by the Center to Protect Workers Rights paints a grim picture of deaths and injuries involving escalators and elevators. The report, based on findings from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said that escalator and elevator accidents killed approximately 30 and seriously injured about 17,000 people in the U.S. each year. Of those, 90 percent of deaths and 60 percent of serious injuries were caused by elevators.

Escalators are a particular risk for children, according to the National Institutes of Health: A 2006 NIH report revealed that between 1990 and 2002, there were approximately 26,000 escalator-related injuries in children.

Of these injuries:

  • 51 percent were from falls
  • 29 percent were from entrapment
  • 6 percent involved strollers

In 2008, the New York Times reported a similar story about escalators and older adults. It reported that nearly 40,000 people older than 65 were injured on escalators between 1991 and 2005. Slips and falls accounted for 85 percent of the injuries.

If you or a family member has been seriously injured on an escalator or elevator in New York or New Jersey, the experienced New York and New Jersey personal injury attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., can explain your legal rights and the compensation you may receive. Contact us today.

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