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Michigan Stairway and Escalator Accident Lawyer

Michigan Stairway and Escalator Accident Lawyer

Stairways and escalators are unavoidable parts of everyday life. But when poorly maintained or defective, they can lead to catastrophic injuries from slips, trips, and falls. Since 2001, there have been at least 20 escalator-related deaths recorded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and nearly 25 million ER visits due to stairway injuries between 1990 and 2012.

If you’ve been injured in a stairway or escalator accident, speak with one of our qualified personal injury lawyers at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. We have won millions on behalf of personal injury victims and will use our experience to help you win maximum compensation.

Accidents on Stairways and Escalators

Tripping on broken steps or becoming trapped in an escalator happens more often than you might realize, causing numerous injuries yearly. In 2022, the National Safety Council reported over 2.8 million people were injured on stairs, ramps, and landings.

These accidents can often result in serious injuries, including fractures, sprains, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. A 2018 study found the following statistics for stair-related incidents:

  • 67.2% of ER visits were for people between 11 and 60 years old
  • Women had higher injury rates and made up 62.4% of ER visits
  • 32.3% of injuries were sprains and strains, 23.8% were soft tissue injuries, 19.3% were fractures
  • 42.1% of injuries were to the lower parts of the body, while 21.6% were to the head and neck

What Causes Stairway and Escalator Injuries?

Stairway and escalator injuries often occur due to negligence by property owners or manufacturers. These incidents typically result from lapses in safety measures, such as:

  • Poor maintenance. Neglecting regular upkeep of stairways and escalators, such as failing to fix broken handrails, contributes to accidents.
  • Slippery surfaces. Failing to promptly address slippery surfaces caused by spills, wet conditions, or poorly maintained flooring.
  • Inadequate lighting. Poorly lit staircases and escalator areas create hazards, making it challenging for individuals to see potential dangers.
  • Defective design or construction: Escalators or stairs with uneven steps, improper height or depth, or faulty design pose major risks to users.
  • Missing or broken handrails. Building codes mandate handrails for a reason—to assist people in maintaining balance. Missing or broken handrails increase the likelihood of slips and falls.
  • Lack of warning signs. Failing to provide adequate warnings about potential hazards, such as a broken step or slippery surface, demonstrates negligence.
  • Obstructed Walkways: Cluttered or obstructed stairways and escalator paths contribute to accidents, especially in public spaces where maintaining clear pathways is crucial.

Who is Responsible for a Michigan Escalator or Stairway Accident?

In Michigan, more than one party may share liability for a stairway or escalator accident. Potentially responsible parties include:

  • Property owners. Residential or commercial property owners are responsible for the safety of their premises. They must construct, maintain, and repair stairways in compliance with Michigan building codes and standards. Not fulfilling this duty may render them liable under premises liability law if an accident occurs.
  • Business operators. Operators of retail stores, malls, and other businesses bear the duty of care for day-to-day safety and maintenance. Neglecting to address stairway hazards that result in injuries to customers or employees can be considered negligence, holding the business operator responsible.
  • Manufacturers and installers. Companies responsible for designing, manufacturing, or installing escalators must adhere to state and industry safety standards. Manufacturers and installers may be at fault under product liability laws if defects or improper installation result in injuries.
  • Government entities. When stairway or elevator accidents occur in government-owned properties like municipal buildings, the responsibility for maintenance and repairs falls on the relevant government body.
  • Other third parties. Maintenance companies, contractors, or architects involved in constructing or maintaining stairways could also be liable for negligence. If their actions or oversights contribute to an accident, you can pursue damages against these third parties.

How to Seek Compensation After Your Slip or Trip and Fall?

If you’ve experienced a stair, elevator, or escalator accident, seeking compensation involves several crucial steps. At Cochran, Kroll, & Associates, P.C., we can guide you through the process and help you receive the settlement you are entitled to.

  • Seek medical care. Seek medical attention immediately, even if injuries seem minor. Prompt medical care ensures your well-being and creates essential documentation for your claim.
  • Report the incident. Notify the property owner or manager about the accident. If it occurred in a business, make sure they document the incident and obtain a copy of the report for your records.
  • Gather evidence. Document the accident scene by taking pictures. Pay special attention to hazards such as spills or irregular surfaces. Collect contact information from witnesses so your attorney can obtain their testimonies, strengthening your case.
  • Speak with an attorney. Consult with our experienced attorneys at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. We’ll assess your case, offer personalized advice, and determine the best course of action.
  • Submit evidence. Submit all evidence to the responsible party’s insurance company with our assistance. Our legal team can present the evidence effectively, including medical records, expert reconstructionist testimony, and surveillance footage, maximizing the value of your claim.

Stairway and Escalator Accident

Why Choose Cochran, Kroll, & Associates, P.C.?

Choosing the right legal representation can help you get a fair recovery award for your stairway and escalator accident. Our lawyers at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. offer the following advantages for your case:

  • Results-driven track record. Our firm has a proven track record of securing substantial settlements for our clients. We focus on achieving the highest possible compensation for your injuries and have won millions in personal injury cases throughout Michigan.
  • Dedication to individuals. We exclusively represent individuals and families, not insurance companies or corporations. Our commitment is to your best interests, helping you win a settlement that reflects all current and future losses so you can rebuild your life.
  • Medical experience. We go beyond legal representation by incorporating medical training into our approach. Partner attorney and registered nurse Eileen Kroll combines her legal and medical knowledge to provide critical insight into the accidents’ full impact and consequences on your life.
  • Complimentary consultation. Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. offers a free consultation to discuss your case. We are here for you, whether over the phone, online, in person, or in your home or hospital room.
  • Experienced team. Our highly qualified attorneys bring a wealth of experience to personal injury cases, ensuring a thorough and effective legal representation tailored to your needs.

Secure Your Rights After a Stairway or Escalator Accident

If you suffer injuries on a poorly maintained stairwell or escalator, our team at Cochran, Kroll, & Associates, P.C. can protect your interests and get you the settlement you deserve. Our years of experience in personal injury law and multiple winning verdicts give us the skills and resources to represent you effectively in negotiations or trials.

Contact our law office today for a free consultation. Our seasoned Michigan stairway and escalator accident lawyers will protect your rights and give you the support you deserve.

Our contingency fee basis means we only get paid if we win your case, so there is no financial risk to you to get started. Call our law firm today at 1-866-MICH-LAW and schedule your no-obligation, free case evaluation.

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