Compensation for Escalator and Lift Accidents

We use escalators and lifts in almost every aspect of our day to day life: at work, when shopping, at hospitals, the list goes on. The majority of times escalators and lifts are safe to use. However escalators and lifts can become dangerous and cause potentially dangerous accidents. If you have suffered an accident because of an escalator or a lift and it was not your fault then contact us at Manners Pimblett.

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The risks and benefits of using lifts and escalators

For most people lifts and escalators are convenient for saving time and energy. For others lifts and escalators are invaluable for the transportation of goods and disabled, ill or elderly people. Many workplaces are required to have lifts by law for actual or potential members of staff physically unable to climb stairs.

People are generally aware of the risks involved in using lifts and escalators. It is a common fear to be trapped in a lift which is falling or to get clothing caught in the teeth of an escalator. The majority of lifts and escalators are however very safe and no accidents will happen.

We are reliant on the owners of the lifts and escalators to keep them in safe working order. If there is an accident caused by the lack of care in keeping lifts and escalators safe, there may be a claim for financial compensation. If you have been in such an accident and have suffered physical harm or mental trauma, then contact us at Manners Pimblett. We will advise you if you have a claim.

How can escalators and lifts cause accidents?

There are numerous ways that lifts and escalators can cause accidents. If the owners have not kept them properly maintained the following may happen which may lead to financial compensation:

  • The lift can stop with a jerk, causing its passenger to fall and suffer a back injury;
  • The lift may not come to a stop level with the floor, causing a person to trip and fall when exiting;
  • The lift doors may close on limbs or clothing causing injury;
  • The escalator may become slippery causing passengers to fall and suffer injury;
  • Clothing and limbs or fingers may become caught in the escalator’s teeth.
  • The consequences of an accident on lift or escalator can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This can manifest itself with a continuous and debilitating fear of using lifts or escalators.

If you have suffered one of the above accidents or any other accident caused by a lift or escalator and it was not your fault then call us at Manners Pimblett or complete our online form. Our understanding claims advisors will take the details of your accident and assess if you have a claim. We offer NO WIN NO FEE* agreements on personal injury matters, call one of our experts today for more information. 0845 0770772. 

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