Though you may not realize it, escalators can be quite dangerous. These powerful machines possess enough force to transport thousands of pounds of weight up one or more floors of a building. Clearly, if you managed to get caught up in their motors or belts, you would be in serious danger. Though this may seem like an impossible scenario, people actually have been severely injured in escalator accidents.
Young children who ride close to the sides of escalators run the risk of having their small feet pulled through the gap between the moving stairs and the cover above them. There have been cases of children having this exact phenomenon happen to them. As a result, these innocent children lost part or all of their caught feet. Escalators should be designed and built with this hazard in mind, so that no child has to suffer the pain and disability associated with such a tragic accident.
In particular, shoes made by Crocs, Inc. have been cited as the type of footwear most commonly pulled into escalator mechanisms. Spongy shoes such as these are more easily caught up and drawn into the sides of escalators, taking with them their owners’ feet.
If you or someone you love has suffered an escalator injury as the result of another party’s negligence, then you may have the right to recover damages. The New York City personal injury lawyers of Orlow, Orlow & Orlow, P.C. have the experience necessary to help you claim compensation.