We utilize escalators often. You may find yourself using an escalator in a mall, airport, department store, and more. But, when escalator accidents occur, they can result in serious injuries. Read on to learn more about escalator accidents in Florida.

How do Escalator Accidents Occur?

Unfortunately, there are a number of ways for an escalator accident to occur. Some of the most common causes of escalator accidents include:

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

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

If you have been injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you need in order to recover, you will have to file your personal injury claim on time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Florida, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally four years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within four years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover compensation. Four years may sound like a long time, but it is easy to let important deadlines slip by while you are recovering from a serious injury. Reach out to an experienced attorney right away to avoid missing any important deadlines.

If you have been injured in an escalator accident, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to speak with a skilled and dedicated attorney. We will fight to recover the compensation you need and deserve in order to heal.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Here at Manuel & Thompson, P.A., we understand the potentially devastating effect that an injury can have on an individual and his or her family, which is why we are dedicated to helping all those who’ve been injured due to no fault of their own. Our firm also proudly handles insurance disputes, hurricane claims, fire loss claims, commercial litigation, and construction law matters. To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.