Escalator Accidents in Maryland | What You Need to Know

It may come as a surprise, but there are a number of ways for an escalator accident to occur. Read on to learn more about escalator accidents in Maryland.

How do Escalator Accidents Occur in Maryland?

The majority of escalator accidents are a result of product design/manufacturing negligence or landlord negligence. This negligence can lead to:

  • Between-step entrapments
  • Missing comb plates
  • Missing foot brushes
  • Gaps and spaces
  • Inadequate escalator lighting
  • Loose or missing screws
  • Improperly working emergency shut-off buttons
  • Overcrowded escalators
  • Electrical or mechanical malfunctions
  • Escalator design flaws
  • Clothing or limbs getting snagged by machinery
  • Missing steps
  • Faulty handrails
  • Escalators reversing direction, resulting in a pileup
  • Finger entrapments 

What Types of Injuries Occur as a Result of Escalator Accidents? 

Some of the most commonly sustained injuries in escalator accidents are as follows:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Joint injuries
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Torn ligaments
  • Broken bones
  • Concussions
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

If you wish to pursue legal action for an accident, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. In order to do this, you should first call 911. The police can send an ambulance, file an accident report, and more. Additionally, it is important to seek medical attention. Some people attempt to recover at home after an accident. This can be dangerous, as it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. Additionally, going to the doctor can provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, document the scene of the accident. If possible, take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. Additionally, if anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. As a result, it is important to get their contact information. Contact an experienced personal injury as soon as possible. An experienced attorney may be able to obtain further proof of negligence, including security camera footage, police reports, and more. Finally, be sure to file your claim in time. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years can mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.

If you have been injured in an escalator accident, contact our experienced firm today.


The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented injured clients throughout the state of Maryland for almost 30 years. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.

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