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What Happens If You Are Injured by an Elevator or Escalator?

It is relatively rare to find a multistory building that doesn’t have an elevator. From high rises and hospitals to apartment buildings and parking garages, cities are filled with elevators that, for the most part, function safely. Most people use them without even thinking about what it takes to install them and keep them functioning smoothly.

Unfortunately, elevator and escalator accidents do happen. A 2011 National Safety Council injury analysis reported more than 21,000 injuries related to escalators, elevators, and moving sidewalks. Many of these accidents are entirely preventable.

Elevator accidents also occur on construction sites and during elevator maintenance. Many construction workers are injured when installing and upgrading elevators. These brave individuals work in elevator shafts and on rooftops. If you have been injured on the job doing work on an elevator, you have important rights.

Elevator and Escalator Regulations

Although elevators and escalators are subject to municipal codes, as well as numerous federal and state safety regulations, accidents still occur.

Unfortunately, not all building owners or construction supervisors follow the rules when it comes to consumer and worker safety. Far too often, construction workers are forced to work under unsafe conditions involving elevators on job sites. In the consumer setting, an improperly maintained elevator, escalator, or moving sidewalk can lead to severe injuries.

Elevator accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and even death. When accidents occur, injury victims and their families are left with medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. Although workers’ compensation usually covers some of these losses in the event of an on-the-job injury, it might not be enough to fully and fairly compensate a worker for his or her injuries.

No one should even be forced to lower his or her standard of living due to an accident caused by another person’s negligence. If you are struggling to make ends meet after an elevator or escalator accident, it is important to speak to a Connecticut personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The law limits the time in which you have to bring a claim for damages. Don’t delay. Protect your rights.

Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers

If you have been injured due to another’s negligence, you deserve compensation for your physical pain, financial losses, and other damages. Whatever you’re facing, we can help. Call the experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyers at Nugent & Bryant today at (203) 795-1111 for a free consultation.