Mitch Hedberg made escalators seem harmless with his classic joke, “An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You should never see an 'Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order' sign, just 'Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience.'” But a news story from KPTV reminds us how these machines can be truly dangerous, especially to children.
According to witnesses a two-year-old lost his middle and ring finger to an escalator at Washington Square Mall. The child was running up the steps of the downward escalator.
The boy fell at some point while trying to navigate the constantly descending stairs. Based on a statement released from a state document of the incident, the boy landed on the grate at the base of the escalator. His fingers were severed after his mother pulled him away from the grate in order to free him.
The boy was taken to a local hospital. His fingers were collected, but it is unclear if they were able to be reattached.
Legal Recourse for Child Injury Victims
What’s the legal recourse to this situation? Once the scene has been properly analyzed by any number of engineering and safety authorities, it could be determined if there was any negligence undermining the escalator’s maintenance.
The boy’s parents need to be aware that the companies and maintenance firms that own and run these escalators and the schedules on which they’re maintained are armored with aggressive litigators that will shut out all attempts for just compensation.They need to know that refusing to compensate individuals for real losses protects profits.
The highest chance for a good outcome for this legal situation is hiring attorneys with a history of escalator injury cases. Escalator injury victims should seriously considering hiring their own attorneys to assist with their accident claim in order to make sure that they are fairly compensated for their injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain/suffering damages. We hope that the boy’s parents are properly informed about the situation and seek out skilled lawyers to represent their interests and their son’s future.