If you live in Washington D.C., there is a very good chance that riding escalators is a part of your daily life. There is nothing inherently intimidating or worrisome about escalators, however, if improperly manufactured or maintained, serious accidents can happen. If you are someone who has recently been injured in an escalator accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost current and future wages, and more. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the claims process going forward:
What can cause an escalator accident?
Escalators are complex machines, and accidents can happen for any number of reasons. Some of the most common causes of escalator accidents include escalators reversing in direction, faulty handrails, defective electrical systems, missing foot brushes or comb plates, design flaws, and more.
How do I recover compensation after an escalator accident?
To recover financial compensation after an escalator accident, your attorney will first have to determine the cause of your accident. For example, if your accident was caused by a defective product, you will most likely file a product liability lawsuit. On the other hand, if your accident was caused because the landlord or property knew, or should have reasonably known about the safety hazard that caused your accident and failed to act to fix the issue, you will most likely have a valid premises liability lawsuit.
To prove your personal injury claim, our firm will work to recover pictures of the unsafe escalator conditions that caused your accident, police reports, witness statements, medical documents detailing the extent and origin of your injuries, surveillance footage of the accident itself, and more.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C.?
Every state has a statute of limitations in place for personal injury claims. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is three years, you will have three years from the date of your accident to file a claim against a negligent party. If you wait any longer than the legally-acceptable window of time, you will most likely be barred from suing. Our firm is ready to help you recover the compensation you need for a swift recovery.
Contact our experienced Washington D.C. firm
The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.