Though most of us use escalators several times a year without incident, the unfortunate reality is that when escalators are improperly designed, produced, or maintained, there is a very strong chance an accident can happen. When these accidents occur, they generally catch passengers off-guard, causing severe injuries as a result. If you are someone who has been injured in an escalator accident, you must read on and reach out to our experienced Maryland premises liability attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What causes most escalator accidents?
Escalator accidents can be caused by several different factors, though perhaps the most common include missing steps, electrical malfunctions, finger entrapments, gaps and spaces, poor lighting, missing or loose screws, improper maintenance, faulty emergency buttons, and more.
How do I know if I qualify for compensation after an accident?
To qualify for compensation, your attorney will first have to determine whether you are filing a product liability lawsuit, or a premises liability lawsuit. If you were injured because of a product defect the landlord could not have possibly known about, you will most likely file a product liability lawsuit. On the other hand, if you have been injured due to a landlord’s knowing an escalator was defective and failing to take action to fix the problem, you will generally file a premises liability lawsuit. An attorney will use several crucial types of evidence to prove your claim, including pictures of the unsafe escalator conditions, videos of the accident occurring, witness statements corroborating your story, medical documentation, police reports of the incident, and more.
How long will I have to sue if I have been hurt in an accident in Maryland?
Individuals have a certain amount of time that they are eligible to take legal action against another party. This window of time is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for premises and product liability lawsuits in the state of Maryland is three years, which means you will have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against a negligent party. Failure to do so within the legally-acceptable period of time, however, will result in a denial of the benefits you truly deserve. Do not let this happen. We are ready to fight for your right to a swift recovery.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
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.