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Elevator and Escalator Accidents.

By: Law Office of Michael M Kapaln

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In the U.S., there are an estimated 900,000 elevators and 35,000 escalators. Combined, both elevators and escalators each service an average of 32,000 people per year, making 123 billion passenger trips a year.
Attorney Michael M. Kaplan has prior experience with clients that are suffering or who have suffered from injuries involving elevators and escalator. Attorney Michael M. Kaplan provides aggressive legal representation and seeks out the compensation deserved after being inflicted to such traumatic experiences. 

For elevators specifically, City and State governments are fairly diligent in ensuring that annual public elevator inspections are carried out and reported properly. The U.S. Labor Department’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reports that half of all elevator related fatalities or injuries are by repair or maintenance workers who service elevators.

Many of these fatalities are due to people falling into the elevator shafts and many of the injuries are in result of people being caught between the elevator and the shaft wall. The underlying cause for injuries and/or fatalities are due to defects in the elevator system or malfunctions such as wiring, pulley systems, door operations, or improper maintenance procedures.

In a study of escalator deaths from 1992 to 2003, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported 24 non-work-related escalator deaths of passengers in the U.S. This would translate to two escalator deaths per year. 
Eight of those deaths was a result of passengers having articles of clothing caught in-between the top of the escalator or the bottom, the stair steps, or the side wall. Of escalator deaths, fourteen of those fatalities are due to falls, some of which involved major head trauma. The CPSC estimates that falls make up 75 percent of the 6000 escalator injuries per year in the U.S. Injuries that are described as “caught in” injuries are more prevalent in children under the age of five years old.

If you have been injured in an elevator or escalator accident, personal injury Attorney Michael M. Kaplan is ready to represent you. We will work to secure your maximum compensation under the law so that you can focus on recovery, rehabilitation, and healing. We are committed to providing you convenient and compassionate service. Need us to come to you? We offer hospital and in-home meetings.


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