While not frequently discussed, elevator and escalator accidents occur more commonly than one might think. In areas with a high population density, such as Toronto, thousands of people use elevators and escalators every day. With such high traffic, accidents do happen, often as a result of negligence on the part of building owners, managers, employees or maintenance contractors. Elevators and escalators are made up of countless mechanical and electrical parts and components. Installing and maintaining these devices requires experienced and trained licensed mechanics and a vigilant and comprehensive preventative maintenance program, which complies with all legislative and regulatory requirements and industry standards. Normally, detailed records of preventative maintenance tasks and records of call backs in response to a specific complaint or problem are available for review. All of these records and documents and the facts surrounding an accident have to be reviewed in detail by an experienced elevator accident lawyer to determine if the accident was caused by the negligence of the building owners and/or the elevator maintenance contractor.
If you have been injured in an escalator or elevator accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages and losses that you have suffered. It is important that you hire a personal injury lawyer with experience in these types of cases, to ensure that you get the favourable results that you deserve. Horowitz Injury Law has nearly 35 years of experience helping victims of elevator and escalator accidents, and we will work hard to understand your case and provide you the strong legal representation you need.
Common Causes of Escalator Accidents
- Improper or negligent installation
- Loose or missing parts
- Inadequate maintenance
- Sudden stops
Common Causes of Elevator Accidents
- Sudden stops or increases in speed that trigger the emergency braking system
- Inadequate maintenance practices or an unusual number of maintenance callbacks
- Defective controllers or regulators or other parts
- Car landing incorrectly (between floors)
- Improper design
- Inadequate lighting or slippery surfaces
If you or a loved one have been involved in an elevator or escalator accident, contact Horowitz Injury Law. We can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Call us today at 416-925-4100 for a free consultation.