Elevator and Escalator Accidents

Elevator and escalator accidents, while infrequent, can be devastating. If you have been injured in either an escalator or an elevator accident, contact the Oakland elevator & escalator accident attorneys at Weltin, Streb & Weltin today.

Elevators are widely used in our society, and while they might seem benign and solid, the inner workings of these convenience machines are actually very complex. Furthermore, the unfortunately common trend of not maintaining them regularly has increased the risk of serious injury from these machines either failing. Whether from lack of maintenance or a defective part being installed, the results can be catastrophic. There are usually around 30 cases of elevator or escalator fatalities each year, and many more injuries that could have been avoided with proper maintenance.

Injuries from elevators and escalators come in many forms, and the majority of accidents do not come from collapse, as many people believe. Misaligned parts or uneven movement can cause people to trip, and elevators stopping midway between floors and then moving suddenly when people try to exit are a serious concern. Shoes can become caught in escalators, and exposed wiring can shock passengers of elevator cars.

Among those most exposed to injury due to malfunctioning elevators and escalators are those who perform installations and maintenance on these devices. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, rates of fatal accidents for elevator installers and repairmen are more than double rate of fatal accidents for construction workers. If you are injured while working on an elevator or escalator, you can pursue a workers’ compensation claim and may be able to pursue a third-party case against the property owner or others.

At the law office of Weltin, Streb & Weltin, we are knowledgeable and experienced Oakland escalator accident attorneys. We have successfully represented many workers and other injury victims who have been hurt on these and other transport devices. Our lawyers can help you analyze the facts of your case and decide whether you have a potential injury claim. Call us today for a confidential consultation at (510) 251-6060.