A person who is hurt in an accident involving an elevator or escalator can sustain severe injuries. Elevator and escalator accidents are frequently caused by repair and maintenance issues. There may be several people who are responsible for maintaining the escalators and elevators in a building, and therefore there could be multiple parties who are liable in the event of an accident. In most cases, fault will fall on the property owner, the maintenance company, and/or the manufacturer of the elevator or escalator.
Property Owner Liability
Property owners are commonly the primarily liable party in cases of elevator and escalator accidents. The owner of a building is ultimately responsible for all installation and maintenance operations. If there is an issue with the installation or repair of an escalator or elevator, property owners are in charge of identifying those issues and correcting them.
Maintenance Company Liability
The people who are responsible for maintaining and repairing the elevators and escalators in a building could be liable for injuries. Although property owners are often responsible for overseeing the maintenance in their building, the maintenance business could operate independently. In these cases, shared liability may be more common because the repair company would be at fault for making a mistake, while the property owner would be liable for not correcting it.
The manufacturers of the elevator or escalator (or individual parts of the elevator or escalator) can also be liable for accidents. Cases that involve manufacturer liability will typically involve defective parts.
If all of the parts have been designed and produced correctly, it is up to the installation/maintenance company and the property owner to ensure an escalator or elevator is installed properly. A case involving an issue with a part of the elevator or escalator will require investigation into how the issue occurred, and who may be at fault.
The Tedford & Associates legal team represents people who have been injured in elevator and escalator accidents, and in other instances of premises liability claims. We can evaluate the details of your case to determine who is liable for your injuries and ensure they are held accountable for your damages.To schedule a free case evaluation with our attorneys, complete our contact form or call (626) 325-0142.