A modern, empty escalator and a flight of stairs parallel to each other ascend towards a bright, illuminated area at the top. The surroundings have a sleek, minimalist design with smooth walls and stainless steel handrails.

Escalators are found in airports, malls, and lots of other places we frequent. Most of us don’t think twice before stepping on an escalator. But, accidents can happen, and escalator accidents can result in serious injuries. Read on to learn more about escalator accidents in New York.

How do Escalator Accidents Occur?

Some of the most common causes of escalator accidents are as follows:

  • Missing comb plates
  • Inadequate escalator lighting
  • Loose or missing screws
  • Improperly working emergency shut-off buttons
  • Faulty handrails
  • Electrical or mechanical malfunctions
  • Escalator design flaws
  • Clothing or limbs getting snagged by machinery
  • Escalators reversing direction
  • Missing steps
  • Overcrowded escalators
  • Between-step entrapments
  • Finger entrapments
  • Missing foot brushes
  • Gaps and spaces

What Types of Injuries are Sustained in Escalator Accidents?

Some of the injuries most commonly sustained in escalator accidents are as follows:

  • Joint injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Torn ligaments
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries

Can I Recover Compensation for an Escalator Accident?

If you have been injured on an escalator, you may be able to take legal action. If you can prove that the owner of the property was aware of the hazards that caused your injury to occur and did not fix them, or that he or she should have realistically known about the hazards, you likely have a valid premises liability case. Sometimes, the fault is not with the landlord but instead belongs to the product manufacturer. If you can prove that there was a design or manufacturing defect that caused your accident, you may have a product liability case. An experienced attorney can help you determine who to hold responsible for your accident. But, it is important that you take action as soon as possible. This is due to a deadline known as the statute of limitations. In New York, the statute of limitations is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.

If you have been injured in an escalator accident, our firm will fight for you. Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.