Recently, a nine-year-old boy suffered serious injuries, including the loss of his big toe, when his right shoe became caught between an escalator’s stairs. While standing on the steps of the descending escalator, the rubber sole on the boy’s sandal came in contact with the escalator’s metal skirt panel, turning the boy’s foot clockwise, and forcing it into the gap between the step and skirt panel. This young boy is not person the first to suffer an injury on an escalator in a Los Angeles mall.
Unfortunately for the boy and his family (who witnessed the horrific incident), the escalator accident was a physically and emotionally painful experience. And a costly one as well, resulting in several hundred thousand dollars worth of medical bills; including over $100,000 for orthotics, prosthetics, and orthopedic surgery. Additionally, the boy’s family faced tens of thousands of dollars in future emotional counseling to help the young boy and his loved ones cope with the traumatic experience. A place of business has a duty to keep its premises safe from dangerous conditions. If you or a loved one has been injured while riding an escalator, or by another unsafe condition at a local business, contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer today.
While often fun to ride, escalators often hide many dangers of escalators. In fact, experts estimate that over 10,000 people are injured every year in escalator accidents, with a significant amount being children. Step or skirt panel entrapments, like in the young boy’s case, are the second most common cause of escalator accidents and account for most serious injuries.
When fighting aggressively for his clients in these type of cases, personal injury attorney Bradley I. Kramer, MD, Esq. and the BIKLAW team knows that California law is on his side. Again, the owner or occupier of a property has a legal duty to keep that property safe from dangerous conditions. If a member of the public, such as you or a loved one, is injured due to an unsafe condition on the property, the owner or occupier is generally responsible for paying for any damages caused. Let BIKLAW fight for your legal rights and financial compensation.
Bradley I. Kramer, MD, Esq. is a doctor-turned-lawyer with years of trial experience. He understands the law and your rights. Contact him today to discuss your potential case.