What are my Legal Options if I am Hurt in a New Jersey Escalator Accident?

There is nothing more frightening than being startled by a serious accident. If you are someone who has been injured in an escalator accident, there is a very good chance you now need financial compensation to help you recuperate. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. Please read on and speak with our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys to learn more about your legal options going forward:

What causes escalator accidents?

Despite their slow-moving nature, escalators can spawn very serious accidents, oftentimes seemingly out of nowhere. Some of the most frequent causes of escalator accidents are faulty handrails, missing screws, mechanical malfunctions, failing to have the escalator regularly maintained, broken emergency shut-off buttons, and more.

Who do I sue if I am injured on an escalator?

If you are injured on an escalator, you will need to hire an experienced attorney who is capable of determining whether you have a premises liability lawsuit or a product liability lawsuit. If you can prove that you were injured because a property owner knew, or should have reasonably known about a safety hazard and failed to take action to fix it, you will file a premises liability lawsuit. On the other hand, if your attorney can prove that you were injured due to an escalator’s negligent design or manufacturing, then you will most likely have a valid product liability lawsuit.

To prove your personal injury claim, an attorney will work to obtain various types of evidence, including pictures or videos of the accident, medical documents, police reports, witness statements, and more. From here, your attorney will assemble and present this evidence as convincingly as possible in an effort to win the compensation you need to get back on your feet again.

How long do I have to sue after an accident in New Jersey?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in the state of New Jersey is two years, which means you will have two years from the date of your accident to file a premise or product liability lawsuit. Do not make the mistake of putting off filing–so many people do, and nothing good can come of it. The sooner you act, the better. We are ready to fight for your rights.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced defense attorneys throughout the state of New Jersey. We understand the severity and immediacy of all personal injury claims and additional legal matters, and we provide each of our clients with compassionate and aggressive legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding your legal case.